Planning refused for 27m high mobile tower next to cemetery

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Galway City Council has refused planning permission for a 27m high mobile tower in Bohermore due to visual concerns about its prominent location.

Emerald Towers Limited sought approval to erect the monopole tower on the northwest corner of the Sportsground in the city.

It is stated that the tower is meant to replace an existing telecommunications structure which is being decommissioned due to the redevelopment of the stadium.

The city council said that the height and “extreme proximity” of the tower to Bohermore cemetery would negatively impact its character and setting.

The decision also added that the height and location of the tower meant that it would “significantly detrimentally affect the amenity” of people living nearby.

The final reason for refusal was again due its location, this time in close proximity to the site of a 17th century bastioned fort, which could negatively affect the archaeological heritage of the area.