Pylon protesters warn of new threats to countryside
As the row over pylons in Somerset rumbles on, the House of Lords is preparing to debate a Bill that critics say could see more such structures being put up in the countryside.
Protesters have spoken of their concern at plans for giant pylons linking the proposed Hinkley Point C power station to Avonmouth.
Now the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England has warned that countryside is under assault as never before.
The Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which resumes its report stage in the House of Lords tomorrow could deregulate controls over mobile phone masts and other developments, allowing masts, overhead cables and broadband junction boxes to litter the countryside, even in National Parks, and near people’s homes.
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Until now developers have had to apply for planning permission to local authorities for these types of infrastructure. The CPRE and Local Government Association say this would no longer be the case if the Bill becomes law.
The CPRE is also appealing to the Government to extend the deadline for local authorities to adopt so-called “Local Plans” that dictate where development can take place.