AN BORD Pleanala have thrown out Kerry Airport's appeal against a Kerry County Council decision to grant planning permission for an 80 metre weather mast close to Brosna, which airport management said posed a risk to aircraft.
In August The Kerryman revealed that Kerry County Council (KCC) had granted permission for the retention of the 80 metre mast, on the site of a proposed windfarm at Coollegrean Hill overlooking Brosna, 10 days after the Council received a letter from Kerry Airport Manager Peter Moore warning that the mast is a danger to planes and that pilot error could result in a plane crashing into the mast with potentially "disastrous consequences".
Peter Moore had informed the KCC planning department that the presence of the mast caused a twice yearly flight by a specialised aircraft used to calibrate the airport's vital computerised guidance systems to be called off or postponed on a number occasions.
This week An Bord Pleanala declared the appeal against the mast, lodged by Kerry Airport on August 20, was invalid as documents provided to An Bord Pleanala by airport management did not contain any written acknowledgement from Kerry County Council recognising that the airport had made a submission to them, regarding the mast.
While Mr Moore's letter is contained in the KCC planning file on the mast, the KCC Planning Report which recommends that retention permission be granted, and which was published ten days after the Council received Mr Moore's letter, states that the authority had referred the file to all "relevant aviation bodies" and no negative submissions were returned.
It is also specifically states that Kerry County Council contacted Kerry Airport about the matter and that the authority had received no report back from the airport.
At the time a spokesman for the Planning Department at KCC said the decision was open to the third party objectors, who had made a formal submission, to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.