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Three’s plans for new mast on Dublin Road given the go ahead following appeal

Three’s plans for new mast on Dublin Road given the go ahead following appeal

An Bord Pleanála have given mobile operator Three the go ahead to erect new telecommunication antennas at Jackie’s Restaurant on the Dublin Road, Haggardstown.

The company’s parent Three Ireland (Hutchison) Ltd submitted an application in December 2017 to construct a new 24m high slim line monopole structure carrying three telecommunications antennas and one transmission dish together with an associated equipment cabinet at ground level.

However, following the objections of nine residents – many of them from the nearby Chapel Road, Louth County Council opted to refuse the application last May.

Residents had expressed concerns over possible interference with other networks or television, the height of the monopole, the possible impact on the electricity supply of  the area and any possible noise from the electrical cabinets. They also hit out at the fact the planning permission had no reference number on it and that it was positioned off the main road. Finally they pointed out guidelines from the Department of the Environment that state phone masts such as the one proposed by Three should only be considered as a last resort in a residential area.

Three opted to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanála, who have overturned Louth County Council’s decision to refuse planning in recent days.

They said they made their decision having regard to

  • the national strategy regarding the provision of mobile communications services
  • the Guidelines relating to Telecommunications Antennae and Support Structures which were issued by the Department of the Environment and Local Government to planning authorities in July, 1996, as updated by Circular Letter PL 07/12 issued by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government on the 19th day of October, 2012
  • the nature and scale of the proposed telecommunications support structure, and
  • the site’s location adjacent to a surface car park adjacent to a pub and restaurant

The board added: “It is considered that, subject to compliance with the conditions set out, the proposed development would not seriously injure the visual amenities or landscape character of the area, or the residential amenities of the area and would, therefore, be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”