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PE01416: Review of health issues and planning guidance in respect of telecommunications masts

Housing Planning

Petitioner: Councillor Eileen Baxendale


Date Lodged: 07 February 2012

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to undertake an independent review of current scientific evidence in respect of possible health risks particularly to young children from the siting of telecommunications masts near residential property, schools and children's nurseries, and to examine the extent to which the recommendations of the Stewart Report and the planning guidance contained in PAN 62 and NPPG 19 have been complied with, all with a view to revising and updating the relevant Scottish Planning Guidance, or taking other action to ensure public safety. We also wish the Scottish Government to consider halting the current industry plans to provide telecommunications masts at least once a mile in residential areas while the risks to the health of young children are fully reassessed.

Petition History:

6 March 2012: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 6 March 2012 (285KB pdf)

15 May 2012: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report 15 May 2012 (378KB pdf)

4 September 2012: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 on the grounds that the planning framework is regarded as being sufficient and is based on a precautionary approach. The Scottish Government has advised that it does not plan to undertake an independent review. Link to Official Report 4 September 2012 (317KB pdf)

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