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Listed buildings and TV aerials

John Conlin / 03 January 2017 ( 03 August 2017 )

Chartered surveyor John Conlin resolves a bad reception issue.

A satellite dish pointing to the sky for better TV reception


We get a lot of TV interference via a loft aerial and engineers say that we need to change to Freesat reception but this would need a satellite dish and our house is listed. 

Are we likely to get permission?


Satellite dishes have to point in a particular direction. Approval might be given if an inconspicuous position can be found but it is entirely up to the planning authority. 

I have known instances where even permission for a burglar alarm bell box has been refused. However, if you have a reasonably sized garden a solution may be to mount the dish 3 or 4 feet above ground level on a post away from the house.

Digital TV: Freeview, satellite or cable?

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