Gov’t Plans to Slash 5G Mast Red Tape: Launches £30m Rural 5G Fund

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The government has launched a consultation on plans to tear up the planning rule book for 5G masts and associated infrastructure, in a bid to speed up planning consent.

Among its proposals: letting telcos install radio equipment cabinets on protected land “without prior consent”; allowing taller masts; letting existing ground-based masts be “strengthened” or upgraded to 5G without prior approval;and allowing building-based masts to be built nearer to roads to support 5G and increase mobile coverage.

Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Rt Hon Esther McVey MP said today: “There is nothing more frustrating than

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