Dish ruled out by world heritage status

The installation of a satellite dish on a bungalow in the Ironbridge Gorge world heritage site in Shropshire has been refused permission on the grounds that it would fail to preserve the character of the area.

The property was located on the wooded southern slopes of the gorge. The inspector noted that the area had an intimate and close-knit character where even small changes to external appearance would be noticeable. In his opinion, a dish 53cm wide and 39cm high would be a conspicuous and incongruous feature of the roofscape. The need for the dish to be mounted high on the chimney to obtain a clear signal was insufficient reason to grant permission, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-050-376

Inspector Alan Robinson; Written representations.

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