The site is zoned within an existing industrial / business area in the Cumbernauld Local Plan 1993, for which Policy IBI applies and presumes in favour of industrial and business development. Policy HG4 seeks to protect the residential amenity of residential areas, which include the nearest housingto the northwest of the railway.
It should be noted that there is no specific telecommunications policy in the Cumbernauld Local Plan.
The application site lies to the rear of 5.5 metre high factory buildings on the southwest side of Tannoch Drive and within the Lenziemill Industrial Estate. Immediatelyto the west and south of the site is a landscaped area to the rear of the factory units, with grass and 6 metre high trees. Other properties within the Industrial Estate lie on the north side of Lenziemill Road, whilst on the south side is some open land then the Blairlinn Industrial Estate. The nearest housing is situated 210 metres to the northwest side, across the railway line. The nearest schools are Glencryan Special School and Melrose Primary School 350 and 380 metres away respectively to the northwest,also across the railway.
It is proposed to erect a 15 metre high telecommunication monopole for T-Mobile, incorporating2 dishes and 3 antennas at the top of the pole. This mast is requiredto provide telecommunications network coverage to the predominantly industrial area of Lenziemill, also some residential properties near Greenfaulds Road. Free- standing equipment and meter cabins would be situated within a timber fenced compound alongside the pole, to the south of an existing factory. An ICNIRP Certificate has been submitted with the application, declaring conformity to radio frequency public exposure guidelines.
There have been no third party letters of representation received on this application.
NLC Education Department, whilst not objecting to the proposal, have commented that the perception of the school community on possible health dangers from telecommunications development in the vicinity of schools may affect parental decisions on school choice.
The applicant has submitted the required ICRNIP certificate of conformity to the guidelines on radio frequency emissions, and in these circumstance government guidance in NPPG 19 states clearly that health concerns should not be considered in the planning assessment. In this case the nearest schools are situated at a distance of over 350 metres away across the railway line to the northwest and the concern raised by NLC Education would not appear to have any strong basis.
This application must be assessed firstly against government planning policy and advice as set out in National Planning Policy Guideline NPPG19 and Planning Advice Note PAN62, both on Radio Telecommunications. NPPGl9 states (paragraph 65) that where applicants have properly considered siting and design options and minimised any environmental effects, refusal is unlikely to be warranted. The proposed site within an industrial estate has been chosen as the best