Aberdeen City and Shire - Strategic Development Planning Authority

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Aberdeen, AB16 5GB
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Email: team@aberdeencityandshire-sdpa.gov.uk

New Development Fit for the 21st Century

The Scottish Government recently published its strategy for Scotland's Digital Future. The strategy highlights that there is little evidence that developers include provision for next generation broadband in their plans and that this must change. Quoting from Scottish Planning Policy, it notes that planning authorities should support the expansion of the electronic communications network, including telecommunications, broadband and digital infrastructure, through their development plan and development management decisions.

Although the development of high speed networks are critical across Aberdeen City and Shire, as a first step the target in the Aberdeen City and Shire Structure Plan (2009) is that all new development in strategic growth areas should use modern, up-to-date high-speed telecommunications networks, such as fibre-optics.

Access to high-speed networks brings significant economic, social and environmental benefits and can also be an important marketing tool for developers.

Guidance has recently been published by the British Standards Institute on the installation of digital infrastructure in new homes. The document ("Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2016:2010") provides guidance and a practical framework to identify the recommendations for digital communications infrastructures to and within new build domestic dwellings, supporting effective installation in new build homes.

This complements earlier guidance on data ducting infrastructure for new homes. Both of these documents provide invaluable technical guidance to housebuilders. Developers are encouraged to make use of both guidance documents in the specification of new homes.

The SDPA, along with Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (ACSEF), has been working over recent months to facilitate investment by infrastructure providers in next generation access and this work is continuing.

28 April 2011