This is an archived press release
Wednesday 16 February 2005
16 February 2005
National Park Telecoms Register puts masts on the map
A detailed dossier of phone mast sites in the Peak District National Park has gone on display to the public in a bid to encourage mast sharing by mobile phone companies.
With phone masts a sensitive issue in some locations, particularly near schools or in areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Telecommunications Register may help companies find sites they could share in less contentious areas.
The Register is also aimed at giving the public a greater awareness of telecoms developments, helping residents or homebuyers find out about sites in their local area.
The file contains map locations and descriptions of current mast sites as well as proposed sites and ones that have been refused planning permission in the past. It will be regularly updated.
Planning committee chair Narendra Bajaria said: "It's important that we give every opportunity for telecommunications companies to investigate sharing masts wherever they can, especially in environmentally sensitive areas."
The Register can be seen at the Peak District National Park Authority headquarters at Aldern House, Baslow Road, Bakewell (office hours 9am-5pm, Mon-Fri, no need for an appointment).
Guidance on another telecoms issue - installing a satellite dish within the National Park - is available on the Peak District National Park Authority website www.peakdistrict.org. It informs residents whether they need to seek planning permission (this differs according to type of building) and what you need to do if your home is a listed building.