1. The 'designated areas' in relation to which these particular PD rights are more restricted are currently: conservation areas; historic battlefields; category A listed buildings and scheduled monuments and the settings of such buildings and monuments; historic gardens and designed landscapes; national scenic areas; national parks; sites of special scientific interest and European sites.
2. Communications is a reserved matter for the UK Parliament and Government, while Town and Country Planning is devolved to the Scottish Parliament and Government.
3. A legal concept that the law does not bother with trifles. In effect industry is arguing that whilst small cell infrastructure may technically be 'development' requiring planning permission, it is of so little consequence, in planning terms, the planning system should just ignore it. However, in planning the use of this concept depends on the specific circumstances of the case. TV aerials are an example of where this concept is generally applied.
4. Requirements in the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c.) Regulations 1994 for an appraisal as to whether an appropriate assessment is required for proposals in European sites.
Email: Alan Cameron
Phone: 0300 244 4000 – Central Enquiry Unit
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House