September 24, 2020
Business News

A tough call: Council rejects plans for two mobile phone masts in built-up areas of Waterford

Waterford City and County Council has decided to refuse planning permission to two mobile phone masts developers said were required to improve the signal in two areas of county Waterford.

Cignal Infrastructure Limited has applied to erect two 15 metre high ‘streetpole solutions’ on the Clonea Road in Dungarvan and another at the junction of John’s Hill and the Folly in Waterford City, to increase the mobile phone communication signal in both areas.

However, the local authority decided against granting permission to both masts due to thier close proximity to residential areas, among other reasons.

In deciding to refuse permission for the mast near Dungarvan, the council said: “The erection of a 15mt high telecommunications structure and associated infrastructure, would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area having regard to the close proximity of the proposed development to the designated scenic route R67u5 and the designated visually vulnerable area further east along the route, Waterford Greenway and residential properties on the Clonea Road.”

In making its decision on the Waterford City mast, the council said: “The erection of a 15mt high telecommunications structure and associated electrical cabinet, would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area having regard to the fact that the subject site is located on an elevated and exposed suburban site in close proximity t a scout den, a hospital/care centre, a number of protected structures and numerous residential properties.”

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