Mobile phone masts
Find out about plans for new mobile phone base stations in Rushmoor. Get information about mobile phone emissions and their effect on health.
There are more than 80 million mobile phones in use in the UK and these need base stations (sometimes called masts) in order to work.
Find out about mobile and mast emissions.
New mobile base stations
Every autumn, the Mobile Operators Association (MOA) sends us a copy of plans for new and existing base stations in Rushmoor. These come from the main four UK mobile network operators:
- Everything Everywhere (formerly Orange and T-Mobile)
- Telefónica (O2)
We publish this information so that you can be involved in discussions over the location and design of equipment, before planning applications are submitted to us. The information provided by the MOA shows general areas for new equipment sites, not specific locations.
'Mobile networks: what they are and how they work'
'Mobile networks: what they are and how they work' explains the main factors for why base stations need to be sited where they are. It has been produced in part to accompany the code of best practice on mobile network development (2013) (see below), which provides guidance to mobile network operators, their agents and contractors, and to local planning authorities.
Code of practice
The mobile phone network operators, central and local government and the MOA have put together a Code of best practice on mobile phone network development. This outlines how they will communicate their plans for new base stations and consult with local people.
The Government is responsible for any decisions on measures to protect public health in relation to phone masts. The planning system is not the place to determine health safeguards.
Proposed new masts only need to meet the international guidelines for public exposure (as recommended by the Stewart Group).
We cannot implement our own precautionary policies, such as not allowing phone masts near schools.
Other planning considerations
We recognise the public concern over base stations.
We will make sure that proposals for new base stations are advertised, in the same way as any other planning application.
- Check that the proposed exposure to radio waves is below the adopted international guidelines for mobile phones and health
- Look carefully at the proposed siting and design
- Encourage mast sharing
Health advice on using mobile phones
The Department of Health has a useful leaflet on health and mobile phones.
William Comery, Community Affairs Manager
Peter Foster, National Planning & Acquisition Manager
Brian Truman, National Planning Manager
John Carwardine, Community Affairs Manager