The telecommunications register consists of a record of all known licence notifications, prior approval and planning application decisions for telecommunication developments. It includes the following details:
- the application reference number
- the site address
- a description of the development
- the identity of the applicant
- the date determined and decision
- the appeal decision (if applicable)
- the appeal decision date (if applicable)
The mobile phone operators are not obliged through the planning system to provide information relating to the power output of their equipment. In accordance with government guidance, the council will not approve proposals unless they meet International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines for public exposure.
Rollout plans and location of existing base stations
Each autumn the five UK mobile phone network operators (currently 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone) produce a joint annual network rollout plan which provides information on each operator's existing site, approved but not yet built sites, and envisaged new proposals for the following 12 months. Rollout plans for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 are available to view. It should be noted that these plans are subject to change as the operators' network requirements change.
It is the government's firm view that the planning system is not the place for determining health safeguards and the local planning authority in assessing proposals is primarily concerned with the design and siting of telecommunications infrastructure.
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) has information about existing mobile phone base stations and locations.