Tag Archives: telecomms

Kerry Mayor says 1km rule needs to be reviewed

17 Aug

The Mayor of Kerry says the 1 kilometre rule needs to be reviewed. The controversial rule has been criticised by An Bord Pleanala in the past. The rule banning telecommunications masts from being located within one kilometre of houses, schools, hospitals and workplaces was introduced seven years ago.

Between 2003 and October last year, around 38 planning applications for masts were been refused by Kerry County Council – 25 of these decisions were overturned by An Bord Pleanala. That pattern has been repeated several times in recent months.

Both the County Manager and the Director of Planning recommended the rule be scrapped when the County Development Plan was being debated last year. They said the one kilometre rule was not reflected in any other national policy. However, councillors voted against the advice of management. Mayor Pat Leahy says the rule was adopted by councillors on health and safety grounds but it’s clearly not working.

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Kerry planning rule for masts is unrealistic says Bord Pleanala

14 Jun

Kerry County Council’s 1km-rule, which restricts the erection of telecommunications masts within a kilometre of residential buildings, has once again been overruled by An Bord Pleanala. The mast and antennae owned by Vodafone at Lisroe Road in Duagh has been granted retention permission. In its report, An Bord Pleanala stated that it considers the 1km rule to be unrealistic and contrary to existing policies and guidelines. It granted retention permission for the mast for a period of five years.

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.