Plans for 24m mobile mast for Claregalway approved

Galway Daily news Planning granted for new mobile telecoms mast in Headford
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Planning permission has been granted for a 24m high mobile mast on the outskirts of Claregalway, to replace one removed from the town.

Emerald Tower Limited has been given the green light to erect the mast in a field at Cahergowan, Claregalway, to the northwest of the village.

The monopole mast will hold nine antennae and three dishes, catering to Eir and Three Ireland.

Both operators had equipment on the roof of the Claregalway Hotel, but were served with notice to quit due to redevelopment plans.

The two are currently operating from a temporary 12m structure, but this 24m mast is meant to be a permanent replacement, with room for a third operator as well.

The new mast will serve to continue existing 3G and 4G services, as well as provide the infrastructure needed for 5G, the application states.

Planning permission for this development was granted by the county council with 11 conditions attached.

One submission was received from Vantage Towers, which stated that the council approved their plans for a 27m lattice mast some 500m away back in March.

These plans, meant for Vodafone and potential other operators, are currently the subject of a third party appeal to An Bord Pleanála.