More antennae allowed on police mast

Planning permission has been granted for the retention of three antennae on an existing lattice tower mast at a police station in a Norfolk town, with an inspector finding that adequate investigations of alternative sites had been carried out.

The inspector noted that use of the TETRA system by the emergency services called for as near as possible 100 per cent telecommunications coverage. He was satisfied that the appellant had carried out a full and thorough examination of other possible sites, taking into account environmental considerations and the operational brief from the police force. He found that the site represented the best available location.

The use of an existing mast that was not unduly prominent in relation to its surroundings complied with policy to avoid an unnecessary proliferation of new installations, he ruled. He acknowledged that the location of the equipment in a residential area and close to schools had given rise to health concerns. However, he held that these objections were not substantiated by the findings of extensive scientific reports and did not justify overriding government advice in paragraph 98 of the appendix to PPG8.

DCS Number 100-050-240

Inspector Steven Fox; Inquiry.


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