Extended communications coverage meets sustainable objectives

The replacement of a 12.5 metre high mast in Lancashire with a 14 metre monopole containing three antennas has been approved, an inspector placing significant weight on the government's support for advanced, high quality communications infrastructure.

Two companies would share the mast and they would be able to deliver improved 3G and 4G coverage, the inspector noted, and they proposed to re-use an existing site rather than develop a new one elsewhere. Mast sharing would reduce the proliferation of new installations and while the new mast would be a little more intrusive it would not demonstrably harm the amenity of local residents. Nor was there any scientific evidence to suggest it would impact on the health of local people.

Inspector: Mark Caine; Written representations

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