available option to provide 3G telecommunicationscoverage to Lenziemill. No mast or site shares or existing buildings could be identified in the area as suitable. The application site is relatively well distanced from housing and schools (paragraph 1.I gives details). Pre-application consultation was undertaken by the applicant on a site at the northern edge of Lenziemill Industrial Estate, but this was not pursued due to the potential visual impact on residential properties immediately north of the railway. The current proposal for a slimline monopole would be partially hidden behind the industrial estate buildings and by the trees to the south. The advice of PAN62 on considering options and minimising visual effects has been followed.
The main development plan policy for the assessment of this application is Policy IBI, which presumes in favour of industrial/ business development proposals in industrial areas such as this. In addition, Policy HG4 applies to land to the north of the railway and seeks to protect the amenity of residential areas. These policies are considered to be followed by the current application, and the application is therefore considered to accord with the development plan.
In summary, this applicationfollows the relevant national planning policy and advice and meets the requirements of the development plan. The key issues of visual amenity and location have been assessed and found to be satisfactory. In terms of the associated ground based compound which would be located alongside the monopole, I am satisfied that there would be no significant visual or other impact. In conclusion, it is recommended that planning permission be granted subject to appropriate conditions to control appearance and require the removal of the equipment in the event of it becoming redundant.