Visual impact of telecommunications mast outweighed by 4G need

Permission to erection a 17.5 metre high telecommunications mast in Lincolnshire was secured, an inspector placing weight on the need to improve 4G superfast mobile communications in a rural part of the county.

The mast would accommodate six antennas and two transmission dishes. The upper parts would be viewed from the nearest residential property which lay 35 metres distant. The intervening trees would provide significant screening particularly during the summer months, the inspector decided, but even without leaves, the branches and trunks would also provide adequate screening. Paragraph 112 of the NPPF recognised the importance of providing high quality and reliable communications infrastructure which supported economic growth and in the absence of any more suitable sites, the appeal was allowed.

Inspector: R Norman; Written representations

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