Development Quality Committee and proposed phone mast at Balgay Bowling Club

A marathon Development Quality Committee at the City Council last night, lasting some four hours and finishing around 10pm.    However, I successfully moved refusal of an application for a mobile phone mast at Balgay Bowling Club in Melville Terrace, a proposal local residents had objected to (including a resident who addressed the committee to express his concerns about this proposal, close to residential housing).   
 
The committee convener attempted to move approval of the mast but failed to find a seconder, so my motion to refuse planning approval was therefore agreed.   The full motion read :
 
Reasons for Refusal
 
1. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 1 – “Vibrant and Sustainable Communities” of the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005 as  the development is likely to impact adversely on the environmental quality enjoyed by local residents.  There are no material considerations of sufficient strength to justify the granting of planning permission contrary to the policy.
 
2. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 61 – “Development in Conservation Areas” of the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005 as it fails to preserve or enhance the Conservation Area.  There are no material considerations of sufficient strength to justify the granting of planning permission contrary to the policy.
 
3. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 78 – “Location of Telecommunications Equipment” of the Dundee Local Plan Review 2005 as there is a failure to mast share or demonstrate that there may be other viable options.  There are no material considerations of sufficient strength to justify the granting of planning permission contrary to the policy.
 
4. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 2 “Residential Areas” of Dundee City Council’s adopted Non-Statutory Planning Policies in Relation to Telecommunications Masts and Other Apparatus as there is a general presumption against the siting of free standing masts in residential areas.
 
 
5. The proposed development is contrary to Policy 11 “Conservation Areas” of Dundee City Council’s adopted Non-Statutory Planning Policies in Relation to Telecommunications Masts and Other Apparatus as there is a general presumption against the location of ground based masts in Conservation Areas where by virtue of their location and design they are considered likely to impact adversely on the setting of the Conservation Area.