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Appeal: Benefits of telecom mast outweigh harm to conservation area

Phone mast

Proposals to install a 12.5 metre-high telecom mast in County Durham have been approved, after an inspector found the resulting harm to the nearby conservation area would be outweighed by social and economic benefits to the community.

The mast would be situated on a grassy verge near a mini-roundabout junction and petrol station. Very close to the west is the Barnard Castle Conservation Area, and a grade II listed milestone marker can be found to the south. The appellant suggested that the mast would blend in to some extent with the streetlights lining the road. Inspector Graeme Robbie. He noted that, at 12.5m in height........
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