Casebook: Appeal cases - Telecommunications - Mast benefit fails to outweigh impact on amenity

In dismissing an appeal for a 10m telecommunications mast in Surrey, an inspector has ruled that the benefits of improving mobile communications coverage do not outweigh adverse impact on local residents' amenity.

The mast and equipment cabinet were to be sited on a triangle of grass adjacent to a road junction and 8m from the nearest gardens. The inspector noted that the rear gardens of some of the closest houses were relatively short and judged that the mast would appear as an obtrusive and dominant structure that would compromise residents' outlook. This impact would increase during the winter months when the trees lost their leaves, she added. The need to improve telecommunications coverage did not override this substantial harm, she ruled.

DCS No: OT100-044-772; Inspector: Elizabeth Fieldhouse; Hearing.

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