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There is still a degree of uncertainty about how the relaxation of planning permission will affect the rural broadband rollout, it has been claimed.

Dr Charles Trotman, head of rural business development for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), said there is a lack of clarity about how the government reforms are to be implemented and how they will impact upon property owners.

Earlier this month, the Con-Lib coalition announced that broadband providers are to gain permission to install broadband cabinets and other related infrastructure on public land without local councils' permission.

Rhian Kelly, director for business environment at the Confederation of British Industry, said speeding up the planning processes will help the private sector to deliver the world-class broadband needed by the UK.

But Dr Trotman claimed it important to offer greater clarity on how the changes will impact on landowners.

"We want to ensure that if infrastructure providers are able to put new builds on to our members' lands - let's say street cabinets or underground fibre-optic cables - that there is a national readying agreement," he stated.

"If there is an element of compensation necessary - for example if an infrastructure provider goes in and puts in underground cable and needs to compensate the land owner, or the mobile operator puts a mast up - this must be full and adequate."

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