Man loses complaint that planned forestry would obstruct internet service
Ruling will see new legislation to require applicants to place site notices where forestry is planned
In a significant decision for forestry owners, a man has lost his objection to a forestry development beside his property which was licensed by the Forest Service.
But, the ruling by the Office of the Ombudsman will see new legislation to require applicants to place site notices where forestry is planned.
He submitted an objection to the Forest Service when the development began on the basis that the access route was inadequate and that the development would affect his internet supply business.
His internet service depended on line of sight and it was claimed the trees would obstruct that.
However, the Forest Service refused to consider his objections as the licence had already issued before his correspondence was received.
The legislation applying to licensing forestry developments specifies that the Notice of the proposed development will be advertised on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine website only.
The application was submitted and advertised on the website. Objections and submissions could be made within a month of the application being advertised and none were received.
The application was originally refused because the Forestry Inspector considered the access route unsuitable.