Antennae judged unsympathetic to tower

An inspector has refused to allow a telecommunications operator to swap combined second and third-generation systems antennae for existing equipment on a tower in Yorkshire because it would harm a listed building and its features of architectural interest.

The inspector observed that the former stable block and tower comprised a fine grade II listed building in high Victorian Italianate style. He recognised that the tower was a prominent feature that was visible above its wooded surroundings. He noted that it was cluttered with support poles, antennae and associated equipment installed before it had been listed.

He considered that the proposed antennae, which would be much stubbier than those that were already affixed to the building, would be unsympathetic to the tower's vertical proportions. He did not dispute the need for the development but was not persuaded that alternative solutions had been investigated in sufficient detail. In particular, he remarked that the option of removing the existing external equipment and placing alternative apparatus internally had not been investigated.

DCS Number 100-050-404

Inspector Alan Novitzky; Written representations.

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