Casebook: Appeal Cases - Telecommunications - Mast held to harm setting of listed railway station

The retention of a telecommunications mast near King's Cross has been rejected on the grounds that it would fail to preserve the setting of the grade I listed station and the character and appearance of a conservation area.

The site was a vacant corner plot enclosed by hoardings and used as a car park. To the south, the conservation area was dominated by the large-scale and imposing side elevation to the station. Despite ongoing redevelopment, the inspector considered that the area retained a tight-knit urban character and that the vacant site appeared as a break in the established development pattern.

She noted that the appellant had sought to minimise the impact of the installation by using a slimline mast at the lowest height possible to give the required coverage. But she considered that the mast would appear as an obtrusive and alien feature that would be out of keeping with the conservation area's historic character. Its prominence in the street frontage would also have a harmful effect on the setting of the listed station, she decided.

DCS No: 42328742; Inspector: Sue Turner; Written representations.

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