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30 meter telecommunications structure planned for Newtown is refused planning

The structure was planned to house equipment for Vodafone at first, and other potential operators in the future.

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A 30m high lattice telecommunications support structure proposed for Newtown has been refused on a number of grounds, including its impact on the visual amenity of the area.

A 30m high lattice telecommunications support structure proposed for Newtown has been refused on a number of grounds, including its impact on the visual amenity of the area.

Jacob Kane Kavanagh from Avoca

Jacob Kane Kavanagh from Avoca

Catherine and Barry O'Sullivan with their dog Peanut form Wicklow Town

Catherine and Barry O'Sullivan with their dog Peanut form Wicklow Town

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A 30m high lattice telecommunications support structure proposed for Newtown has been refused on a number of grounds, including its impact on the visual amenity of the area.

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PLANNING permission has been refused for a proposed 30m high lattice telecommunications support structure at Trudder in Newtownmountkennedy.

Vantage Towers Ltd sought permission from Wicklow County Council for a 30m high lattice structure with associated equipment within a 10m by 10m palisade fenced compound.

The structure and compound were designed to house equipment for Vodafone and potentially other operators in the future. It was proposed to gain entrance to the site from an existing farm gate with a new access track which would follow the hedge line for approximately 232 metres to the proposed compound.

Vantage Towers is one of Europe's leading tower companies created from the Vodafone Group in 2020.

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A letter of support was attached to the planning application from Vodafone confirming their requirement for the site which states: “As a result of Vodafone network requirements to provide improved mobile and wireless broadband coverage to the Newtownmountkennedy area. Vodafone will commit to installing equipment on the tower subject to Vantage Towers obtaining planning permission.

The application also stated that there is a clear deficiency in the basic 4G overage to the south of Newtownmountkennedy.

According to the application: “Current customer demand is not being met and significant coverage improvement is needed. The coverage deficiencies have significant and detrimental effects on the local community. A failure to grant permission would have an enduring negative effect on local mobile phone and broadband service provision as expressed by the local community's inability to connect wirelessly or to participate in high speed, high-capacity data availability.”

It was also stated that the proposed structure would improve coverage to the local road network and a section of the N11.

However, the Planning Section of Wicklow County Council has refused planning, having regard to the design, scale and height of the proposed lattice structure 30 metres directly adjacent to lands zoned for proposed residential development and a future school campus, and the failure of the applicant to submit a visual impact statement of views to the south east of the site.

It was also found that the applicant failed to provide sufficient evidence that there is a need for the structure at this location noting that they only provided coverage data and a letter of support from one service provider.

The proposed development was deemed to be contrary to the development standards for mast and telecommunications structures as set out in the Wicklow County Development Plan and would have a negative impact on the visual amenity of the area.


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