AN impassioned plea by a Millendon resident that the height of a telecommunications tower on 158 Hardwick Rd could be increased by another 5m without having to seek further approval has resulted in the City of Swan rejecting the application.
During an agenda meeting Loton Rd resident David Hughes asked the council if a smaller tower of 30m was installed whether the telecommunications company could then increase that by 5m.
Mr Hughes also said even if the smaller tower was approved nothing had changed for him.
“It will still be a significant visual impact, it still impacts the quality of view and quality of lifestyle and still will significantly devalue my property,’’ he said.
But on Wednesday, September 27 the council rejected the tower, which is proposed to deliver nbn connections to the surrounding area.
In response to Mr Hughes question the city’s planning staff said the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 1997 made pursuant to the Telecommunications Act 1997 stipulated that an extension of more than 5m to a tower was not low-impact and such an extension would require an application for planning approval.
An officer’s report said when the council earlier rejected a 40m monopole at the Hardwick Rd site the proponent investigated co-location with existing surrounding infrastructure but none of the existing or recently approved towers met the requirements of the nbn provider.
The city’s refusal was appealed at the State Administrative Tribunal and through the review process a revised application reducing the proposed telecommunications monopole to 30m.
The tribunal then invited the city to reconsider its decision of refusal but also set a hearing for Monday, November 6 and Tuesday, November 7 in case the city refused the development application again.
By Anita McInnes