Collaboration is key. This guidance seeks to provide a clear route for engagement with each of the LPAs in Essex. Each of the LPAs (including Essex Highways) are responsible for determining applications appropriately and in a timely way to enable the future roll out of the 5G and (fixed line etc.) digital network.
This guide also sets out the requirements on the agents and applicants of mobile and fixed network infrastructure operators to ensure they address and mitigate any site-specific issues as well as providing the appropriate rational and relevant information to inform decision making.
List of Local Planning Authorities and contacts
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Single Point of Contact
Network providers should provide a Single Point of Contact (“SPOC”) for Local Planning Authorities prior to, and during, the deployment of digital infrastructure. Introducing a SPOC, and making their contact information available to local authorities, can support the rollout of networks by providing an effective means for local authorities to engage with operators and vice versa. In an equivalent way, it will be helpful if LPAs can identify and nominate a SPOC to enable effective engagement with Broadband providers / MNOs, who might be the allocated Development Management case officer for handling applications / prior approval matters or an officer with specialist knowledge in these matters.
The Broadband provider / MNO SPOC will also be responsible for coordinating the work of those responsible for builds and any subcontractors, making sure they are aware of, and adhere to, local policies and processes as outlined by local authorities.
Page updated: 19/01/2023