Rural areas where tall and wide masts are allowed

Cardiff mobile phone mast

Cardiff mobile phone mast

The government will allow the construction of tall and wide mobile phone masts throughout the UK countryside to speed up the deployment of 5G networks.

Congress will vote for a plan that the government says will improve rural coverage “with minimal visual impact” on the landscape.

The height of the mast on public land is limited to 20m (66ft), but the height of the new mast is up to 30m and the height of the existing mast is 25m.

Mobile companies need a permit from the local government to build a new mast.

Strict rules apply to protected areas such as national parks, protected areas and Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Some people are against cell phone masts because of their appearance.

One resident of Scholes village in West Yorkshire last month Two new 20m 5G mast brands “Absolutely annoying”. Local lawmaker Kath Pinnock said the fact that they didn’t need a building permit corresponded to an attack on democratic rights.

government We started discussions on the plan in 2019. Former cultural secretary Nicky Morgan said at the time that there was a need to “balance” between landscape and connectivity.


5G uses higher frequency waves, allowing more devices to connect to 5G and increasing internet speeds.

However, more transmitter masts are required for the technology to take effect.

According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports, mobile companies are “motivated” to focus on improving existing masts rather than building new ones.

“We want to level up the country and end the spotted and poor mobile signal plague in local communities,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.

“These practical changes strike a careful balance between removing unnecessary barriers that impede better coverage, while ensuring the protection of valuable landscapes.”

New or improved masts will help Provides the government’s £ 1 billion shared rural network plan.

The government has promised to extend 4G coverage to 95% of the UK by 2025, regardless of which network customers are using it.

Leading mobile operators EE, O2, Three and Vodafone will share network equipment and build new masts as part of their scheme.

Mobile UK, which represents the four networks, welcomed the proposal and said that legislative changes should be made “as soon as possible” to ensure that “ambitious goals” are achieved.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Existing mobile masts will be enhanced without prior approval and will be able to be upgraded to 5G

  • In unprotected areas, mast growth can be up to 25m (previously 20m)

  • Higher height increases are also permitted subject to local government approval

  • The new mast can be built up to 5 meters high. Up to 30m in unprotected areas and up to 25m in protected areas, subject to the approval of planning authorities.

“Digital divide”

According to CCS Insight analyst Kester Mann, the change has been delayed considerably and will help address the “digital divide of concern” in rural areas.

“Old-fashioned planning has hampered the rollout of mobile networks for years,” he added. “A higher mast allows more signal to travel and provides coverage for larger area residents and visitors.

“But it’s important to have the right balance between improving connectivity and maintaining the beauty of the countryside.”

Quality of life

Paulley, Deloitte’s Head of Global Research, said:

“4G in rural areas not only deepens consumer ties, but also allows residents to have more choices to work in rural areas, perhaps providing better quality of life.

“Important services such as healthcare can also be delivered more easily via 4G networks than 2G networks.”