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UK Government has not yet noticed that PPG8 has been overturned
United Kingdom Created: 10 Jun 2009
PPG8, the UK mobile-phone mast planning guidelines stating that ICNIRP compliance voids all health concerns, have been overturned in Court - but the UK Government just hasn't noticed yet.

This is painfully obvious in a Government response to a petition against the notorious Kingswingford mobile-phone mast.

The petition goes:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to permanently remove the base-station on High Acres Residential Estate Kingswinford which encroaches on Public Open Space where children play & residents walk their dogs daily & is the highest radiation level recorded so far this year by Ofcom even though it is within the ICNIRP guideline limit for this Country.”

Details of Petition:

“Disused water tower in close proximity to residences (20 metres in some cases) encroaches on Public Open Space where children play & residents walk their dogs, devaluation of property, visually intrusive, blot on the landscape, highest radiation level recorded in England so far this year by Ofcom even though within ICNIRP guideline limit for this Country.”

And the Government responded today:

The Government takes environmental concerns very seriously. Our policy is to facilitate the growth of new and existing telecommunications systems whilst keeping the environmental impact to a minimum.

Planning Policy Guidance Note 8 Telecommunications (PPG8) states that all mobile phone base stations are expected to meet the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines.

PPG8 also states that, in the Government’s view, if a proposed mobile phone base station meets the international guidelines for public exposure – the ICNIRP guidelines – it should not be necessary for a local planning authority, in processing an application for planning permission or prior approval, to give further consideration to the health aspects and any concerns about them.

As the development is covered by permitted development rights it is for the Local Planning Authority in the first instance to enforce any relevant conditions.

So, when will the Government wake up to the fact that PPG8 is simply a "guideline" and not absolute truth (just like the ICNIRP "guidelines" are based on decade old and obsolete science).

Related news: Councils cant reject health-related objections to masts
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Source: number10.gov.uk, 10 Jun 2009, w. comments by Mast-Victims.org

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