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Danielle
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2017 06:50
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Our local council (UK) has allowed Vodafone/O2 to erect massive 9 antennas telecommunications base system on a small 8m high council building without informing anyone. The installation adds an entire floor to the small building. The area is full with small children and there are 3 schools and a nursery nearby. Everyone is outraged and against it, in fact back in 2004 the residents rejected similar, smaller installation proposed by Orange.
The council is claiming that they can not do anything as there are no masts on that building! We think that there are 4 masts there as antennas are fixed on brackets and brackets are mounted on tripod supported poles.
Help! Has anyone come across something similar?

Danielle
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# Posted: 7 Jul 2017 07:03
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Just to add, the council is claiming that they can not do anything as this massive mast is completely outside of the planning process. However when looking at the law and real life examples the only telecommunications installations that seems to be excluded from any planning are microcells (burgular alarm size).

Danielle
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# Posted: 24 Feb 2018 08:29
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We have just won a judicial review ruling that pole mounts are in fact masts, see Mawbey vs Lewisham.
So most rooftop installations should be subject to some some planning control. You have to check GDPO to see what relates to you.

Henrik
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# Posted: 24 Feb 2018 10:13
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Danielle,

Thanks for this most important update!

What you describe is typical of how officials use their own narrow definitions of common language words to argue against public complaints - until they are overruled in court.

See: https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/content/r-the-application-of-mawbey-v-lewisham-coun cil

To avoid having to take action, they'll keep on insisting that "mast" doesn't mean what they damn well know you're talking about. Language has become a weapon. Just like George Orwell predicted in "1984".

Here's an excellent example where officials tried to redefine what a "pulse" is:
http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/pulse.asp

Danielle
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# Posted: 24 Feb 2018 11:23
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We would also like to reach out to other communities to whom this decision will make a difference.

choppie
# Posted: 30 Mar 2018 09:35
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Danielle
Have you had an results with this? Am facing similar problem.

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