RETENTION permission has been granted for a 25m high Meteor phone mast in Mount O’Meara, Newpark, Cashel. An Bord Pleanala has given the go-ahead for the telecommunications company to retain a 25m-high “telecommunications monopole” with attached antennae, transmission dishes, associated equipment and site works.
The development address is located about 4km northeast of the centre of Cashel.
South Tipperary County Council granted retention permission for the mast on May 4, subject to eight conditions. On May 15, Meteor appealed the terms of condition number two, which imposed certain development contribution fees. This included a fee of J17,948.47 which was paid in full by the appellant.
Meteor argued that the South Tipperary County Development Contribution Scheme does not allow for the imposition of a development contribution on mast renewals.
An Bord Pleanála ruled in favour of Meteor, stating that the type of telecommunications structure involved was exempt from South Tipp’s Contribution Scheme. The Board ruled that condition number two should be omitted.