Decision details

Smart Place Pilot (Lansdowne)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek approval to move ahead with the Dorset LEP Funded Smart Place Pilot project at the Lansdowne (due for completion March 2021).



1.      The deployment of the Smart Place Pilot (Lansdowne) including:

(i)         The development of proof of concept Smart Place ‘use case’ trials, typically in health; environment; transport, tourism and public security etc.

(ii)       The development of proof of concept Smart Place ‘Applications & Services’, typically in transport, volunteering and retail etc.

(iii)     A small, temporary sub-6 GHz 5G trial network;

(iv)     A small, temporary 26.5 GHz 5G trial network;

(v)       Continuous monitoring of electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from the 5G trial networks to ensure compliance with Public Health England (ICNIRP) guidelines (in accordance with recommendation b) from the Overview & Scrutiny 5G Call for Evidence)

2.         Council formally accepts £1m grant funding from the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (DLEP) in order to progress the scheme, and amends the Capital Investment Programme (CIP) accordingly

It is RESOLVED that Cabinet note:

3.          The recommendations from Overview & Scrutiny relating to the ‘5G Call for Evidence’ public consultation namely:

(a)       That Cabinet be asked to consider equitable ways to involve the public more in the consultation around the planning implications of the implementation of 5G technology, particularly with regard to the siting of masts.

(b)       That if Cabinet is minded to approve the deployment by the Council of 5G connectivity as part of the Lansdowne Digital Pilot continuous monitoring takes place to ensure that the levels of radio wave emissions fall within the internationally recognised limits, and the findings be reported back to theOverview and Scrutiny Board.

(c)       That the Board agrees that all information submitted in its call for evidence in relation to 5G connectivity be passed to Public Health England to consider for inclusion in future reviews.

(d)       That a framework be established for feedback to be provided to the Council in relation to the call for evidence information passed to Public Health England.

Note: In discussing this item, the Chairman [of O&S] agreed on behalf of the Board to request through Cabinet that the Council contacts other relevant local authorities with regard to their work in this area, including those who have agreed to be Government funded test bed areas and those who have declared a moratorium.

4.     £900k has already been secured for digital infrastructure through the Lansdowne Business District Growth Deal project. This project includes:

(i)        Ducting and fibre around the Lansdowne area (already installed);

(ii)    Public Wi-Fi network (about to be procured)

(iii)  Connection to a commercial data centre

(iv)  Internet of Things Network

Voting: Unanimous

Portfolio Holder(s): Leader of the Council


The trial Smart Place use cases, applications and services, utilising new digital technologies, to evidence and quantify social, environmental, economic and financial benefits likely to accrue from the wider Smart Place Programme.

Report author: Adrian Hale

Publication date: 24/12/2019

Date of decision: 20/12/2019

Decided at meeting: 20/12/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 04/01/2020

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