Friday, October 05, 2007

Mast at Whickham Glebe Sports Club, Whickham

When this mast was erected it was found it did not comply with the original planning application granted for the site. Council planning enforcement officers asked the companies responsible to dismantle the mast after complaints from both your councillors and residents.

However a retrospective planning application was then made for “the removal of an existing floodlight tower and erection of new 20 metre high telecommunications mast to accommodate 4 floodlights, 3 Vodofone antennae and 3 O2 antennae together with two equipment cabins at the base”.

This application was turned down by the Council at a meeting on 18th October 2006 and the council again prepared to take enforcement action.

However councilors have been informed that an appeal has now been lodged with the Secretary of State against the council’s decision by O2 (UK) Ltd and Vodafone Ltd. The Glebe Club have also appealed.

The Appeal is being dealt with by way of an informal hearing before a Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. This will be held on Tuesday 9th October at 10:00 a.m. at Room 3, Development and Enterprise, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead.

Residents are entitled to attend the hearing. Facilities for the disabled are available.
Photo: Councillors Mary Wallace and Peter Craig next to the mast over which an appeal has been lodged.

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