The government has set out new planning rules to allow households up and down the UK to install a wider range of antennas and satellite dishes to access a new wave of digital and broadband services.

The revised regulations set out by the government will continue to protect the environment from inappropriate development, particularly in designated areas where there are greater restrictions on the position of antennas such as National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Conservation Areas.

The move will especially benefit those living in remote areas, as they will be able to get higher broadband connections without the need to rely on a telephone cable to their house.

Current planning regulations are inadequate because there are different and inconsistent regulations for each type of technology.

Housing and planning minister Yvette Cooper said in a statement: "The planning system needs to adapt to take account of changing technology. People want to get access to wireless broadband services and digital and satellite TV. These changes remove some of the red tape around new technology by updating the planning rules, whilst keeping protections for the local environment".

Under the changes, householders will not have to apply for special planning permission to site antennas. But restrictions will apply to the number, size and location of antennas.

Not only will antennas have to be installed in such a way to minimise the impact on the external appearance of buildings, but people will have to remove any redundant antennas.