'No statutory need to consult neighbours'.
A spokeswoman for Cardiff council explained the planning rules
regarding mobile phone masts. She said: "Most telecommunications
masts and associated apparatus are permitted development requiring a
prior approval from the council to determine whether the siting and
design of masts are acceptable. Cardiff council has 56 days to consider
an application, otherwise there is deemed consent. "There is no
statutory requirement to consult neighbours, although it is considered
good practice and the council exceeds this by also consulting with local
councillors and displaying a site notice. "The council has limited
grounds on which to object to a proposal. In relation to their visual
impact, the amenity of local people may be protected as far as is
practicable taking account of relevant planning case law.
"With regard to health issues, companies are required to sign
a certificate to confirm masts comply with ICNIRP (International
Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection) regulations.
"There are currently no guidelines or policies for Cardiff
specifying the minimum distance between a telecommunications mast and a
school or residential development.
"Due to the restricted time scales, many of these prior
approval applications cannot be reported to planning committee. The
development manager has delegated powers to approve such applications,
although if there is an objection to an application, the decision is
made in consultation with the chairman of the planning committee."