DC Casebook: Telecommunications - Flagpole antenna design wins consent

A Somerset council's decision to refuse permission for an antenna designed as a flagpole has been overturned following findings that its impact on a seaside conservation area would be acceptable.

The mast would be built on the roof of a cinema and disguised to resemble a flagstaff complete with flag. It would be almost 6m long and have a diameter of 23cm. The council agreed that a flagpole would not be inappropriate but asserted that the size and proportions of the antenna meant that it would not look like one. It argued that a slimmer mast would be more appropriate.

The inspector recognised that the structure would appear sturdier and less finely detailed than many flagpoles. However, she thought that the discrepancy would not be obvious from ground level and so it would not be immediately apparent that it was not a flagpole. The council accepted that no alternative site capable of meeting the operator's needs was available, she observed.

DCS Number 100-065-537

Inspector Sian Worden; Inquiry.

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