County Limerick mast gets the go-ahead despite objections from local community

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

AN Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for the construction of a 30m high telecommunications/3G support structure at Ballinvana, Kilmallock despite strong opposition from a local action committee.

AN Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for the construction of a 30m high telecommunications/3G support structure at Ballinvana, Kilmallock despite strong opposition from a local action committee.

In the region of 150 local residents signed a petition earlier this year - which was submitted to the county council - stating that they were “100 per cent” opposed to the proposed erection of the structure.

“It is a potential health and safety risk to people, bloodstock, livestock, wild animals, flora and fauna. It is against good and proper planning to have such a structure in a residential area,” the petition stated.

However, according to An Bord Pleanala its board considered that the applicant’s justification for a mast at this location was acceptable, and it granted planning permission subject to revised conditions.

Limerick County Council had previously granted conditional planning permission for the structure subject to nine conditions.

“It is considered that, subject to compliance with the conditions the proposed development, as revised, would be acceptable in terms of its visual impact, would not seriously injure the amenities of the area or of property in the vicinity, would not adversely affect archaeological heritage and would enhance the quality of telecommunications services in the area,” the board stated.

*A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader, print edition, dated December 3, 2011