Proposed installation of a telephone mast in the Morningside Conservation Area

Posted on: February 25, 2022

The Cockburn Association supports stakeholders’ objections to the installation of a telephone mast in the Morningside Conservation Area

Address: 30 Metres South East Of 424 Morningside Road Edinburgh

Proposal:  Installation of 20m street furniture style mast incorporating 6 No. antennas, 3 No. cabinets and all ancillary development

Ref No: 22/00407/FUL

Closing date for comments:  Fri 04 Mar 2022

Determination date:  Wed 30 Mar 2022

Result:  Pending

Cockburn Response

The Cockburn OBJECTS to this application.

This application has been brought to the Cockburn’s attention by concerned local stakeholders. The proposed telecommunications equipment would result in excessive visual clutter within the streetscape.

The proposal would have a harmful impact upon the visual quality of the wider street scene and so detract from the amenity and special character of the conservation area and from residential amenity. It is our view that the application is not consistent with Policy Env 6 Conservation Areas – Development as it does not preserve or enhance the special character or appearance of the conservation area.

This application should certainly be refused if it is determined that the benefits of the proposed installation are deemed not to outweigh the harm caused  to the conservation area and if there is insufficient evidence that alternative sites or mast sharing opportunities have been adequately explored.

We understand the essential requirement  for modern telecommunications infrastructure in our city and its importance to residents. However, we believe that, in consultation with local stakeholders, the proposed apparatus should be located in a more inconspicuous location or disaggregated into smaller, less conspicuous arrays if this is achievable.