December 18, 2020

New Changes to Scottish Planning Laws will Help Facilitate Better Mobile Coverage in Scotland

Planning, Scotland, PDR, Permitted Development, 5G

Changes to permitted development rights for telecoms in Scotland, published today, have been greeted positively by the mobile industry. The additional rights will make it simpler and quicker to build mobile infrastructure in Scotland, including 5G, and thus improve capacity and coverage.

They will also benefit the UK and Scottish Government initiatives to extend mobile coverage in the most rural areas.

It is understood that the legislative changes are intended to come into force on 1 April 2021.

Commenting on the additional permitted development rights, Hamish MacLeod, Director at Mobile UK, said:

“The planning changes announced by the Scottish Government are to be welcomed as they come at a time when the industry is working towards significant extensions to mobile coverage across Scotland.”

Notes to Editors

  • For further information on the Planning Reform Programme click here.
  • For access to the The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development and Use Classes) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2020 click here.

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