Ob­jec­tions fail to halt mast go-ahead

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton edi­tor@ar­ren­ban­ner.co.uk

A nine-me­tre smart-me­ter­ing ra­dio mast has been given the go-ahead in Lam­lash, de­spite an ob­jec­tion from the Ar­ran Com­mu­nity Coun­cil which de­scribed the lo­ca­tion as un­suit­able.

The in­stal­la­tion of the mast, which will al­low com­mu­ni­ca­tions be­tween en­ergy sup­pli­ers and house­holds, is the sec­ond lo­ca­tion se­lected by ap­pli­cant Arqiva Ltd which was pre­vi­ously de­nied plan­ning per­mis­sion at a site at Ar­ran­ton Place.

How­ever, the plan­ning depart­ment at North Ayr­shire Coun­cil said full plan­ning ap­proval was not re­quired and that the in­stal­la­tion, which is part of the na­tional Smart Me­ter­ing roll­out pro­gramme, can pro­ceed un­der the per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment reg­u­la­tions.

In ad­di­tion to sup­port­ing state­ments, approved draw­ings and tech­ni­cal jus­ti­fica- tions, agents Arqiva Ltd also added that the pro­posal was the last op­por­tu­nity to in­clude Lam­lash within the na­tional Gov­ern­ment pro­gramme to give me­ter­ing cov­er­age to the area.

In its ob­jec­tion to the pro­posal Ar­ran Com­mu­nity Coun­cil said the ap­pli­ca­tion at the re­vised lo­ca­tion was ‘equally un­suit­able’.

‘Like the orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion the pro­posed site is on the A841, which is the main road into and out of the vil­lage on its north­ern edge. The mast will be vis­i­ble to both res­i­dents and tourists alike and as such we take the view that it’s not in keep­ing with the lo­ca­tion and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. We would again re­spect­fully sug­gest that the ap­pli­ca­tion is lo­cated in a less ob­vi­ous po­si­tion.’

In to­tal, five neigh­bour no­ti­fi­ca­tions were is­sued to prop­er­ties within 20 me­tres of the site bound­ary, and two ob­jec­tions were re­ceived by the plan­ning depart­ment. The ap­pli­ca­tion was approved with no con­di­tions be­ing im­posed.

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The site which been approved near Brable­side for the new mast.

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