Mast at Bray Garda Sta­tion is not ex­empt from plan­ning per­mis­sion

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A 140-FOOT mast at Bray Garda Sta­tion is not ex­empt from plan­ning per­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to An Bord Pleanála.

Res­i­dents were up in arms last may af­ter the erec­tion of the struc­ture, some of which is used for mo­bile phone tech­nol­ogy.

he fu­ri­ous res­i­dents held a meet­ing and said that they were told it did not re­quire plan­ning per­mis­sion be­cause it is classed as an ex­empted de­vel­op­ment.

One an­gry res­i­dent said last year that they were ‘very dis­heart­ened and quite dis­turbed’ that the mast had ap­peared al­most overnight with no in­vi­ta­tions for sub­mis­sions from in­ter­ested par­ties.

Res­i­dents re­ferred the mat­ter to An Bord Pleanála in May 2007 and re­ceived a re­sponse on Mon­day. ‘We don’t know what hap­pens now, but we are pleased with the de­ci­sion of the Board,’ said one nearby house­holder.

They said that while they must wait to see what hap­pens next, they are pleased with the de­ci­sion of the Board.

The mast is be­ing used for com­mu­ni­ca­tions pur­poses and is a re­place­ment for a pre­vi­ous struc­ture.

This is the sec­ond con­tro­ver­sial mast to be erected in the grounds of the Garda Sta­tion in re­cent times, with a smaller mast put up a num­ber of years ago.

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