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Phone masts

They are essential for mobile technology, but raise health concerns. Jan Willem van den Bos reports on telephone masts and planning laws

2 June 2006

“Sorry, we broke up – I'm on the mobile!” is an often-used excuse when people are making mobile calls. Most of us expect the convenience of making and receiving calls on the move all the time, without interruption and wherever we are. Yet, when it comes to building the network that allows us to make those calls, most of us have concerns.

The ‘not in my back yard’ attitude that most of us take when it comes to phone masts will come as no surprise. Phone masts have become an integral part of our lives. We see them on roof tops, peaking over tree tops in paddocks and meadows, and along motorways and railways. Aside from the visual impact they have on our environment, there are also the media reports about alleged phone mast health and safety concerns.

Electronic Communications code

Phone masts, like other buildings and developments, are subject to planning and development controls. Many applications for new masts face objections, especially ...

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