An Bord Pleanala overturns refusal of mast near Caherdaniel

25 Feb

An Bord Pleanala has overturned the refusal of a telecommunication mast close to Caherdaniel. It’s part of the National Broadband Network, which Hutchinson 3G Ireland Ltd, trading as ‘3’, has the government contract for. It aims to bring high-speed internet to all rural areas. 3 applied to Kerry County Council and was refused permission for a mast at Darrynane Beg, Caherdaniel; but on appeal, An Bord Pleanala has now given it the go ahead.

The mast was turned down originally by Kerry County Council due of the authority’s one kilometre rule, which doesn’t allow masts to be developed within one kilometre of houses, schools, or hospitals. Also, the site, which is in a small disused quarry, at the south-western end of the Iveragh Peninsula, and overlooks Caherdaniel and the coast, is an area of Secondary Special Amenity, and would contravene the county development plan. However An Bord Pleanala has granted permission, saying the mast would be in keeping with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.

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