By Richard Willcox

An important decision on the new Electronic Communications Code answers the hotly-contested issue of whether landowners can avoid the imposition of telecoms apparatus by preventing operators from undertaking initial suitability surveys.

The Code came into effect at the end of 2017 and it was drafted with a considerable amount of care but there remains much potential for discord between the competing interests of landowners and operators. It seems inevitable, therefore, that any lacuna in the drafting will become a potential battleground.