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Notices and News Archive for 2023

Ultrafast broadband and the Gigabit Voucher scheme – drop-in session

Ultrafast broadband and the Gigabit Voucher scheme – drop-in session

Following a very successful drive by the parish council with the support of residents, Openreach have been building ultrafast fibre broadband for residents and businesses in and around Landrake, with the help of funding that has been made available using the Government’s Gigabit voucher scheme. The broadband build is now mostly complete and residents that pledged a government voucher to the project can now place an order for the new, faster service.

Openreach are holding a drop-in session for voucher holders so that you can come along and ask any questions that you may have regarding the vouchers or the new broadband network.

Can’t make it but want to learn more? Please contact Mervyn Gingell on

Hope to see you there!

10th October 2023

Parish Council / Responsibile Finance Officer vacancy

Parish Council / Responsibile Finance Officer vacancy

Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer

Home based. Parish Council meetings once a month in Sir Robert Geffery Memorial Hall, Landrake

Salary: SCP 18 - SCP 23 (£27,344 – £30,149 pro rata / £14.21 - £15.67per hour) depending on experience plus mileage to meetings and home office allowance.

28 hours per month – flexible working.
Parish Council meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month (generally there are no Parish Council meetings in August and December)

Applicants are welcome to contact the outgoing Clerk or the Chairman for an informal chat.
Karenza Heald, current Clerk / RFO – Tel 07854 948936
Mervyn Gingell, Chairman – Tel 07890 027655
To receive an application form and job description please send an email
Interview dates to be confirmed. Deadline for applications midday on Monday 23rd October 2023.

December 2023 / January 2024

Landrake with St Erney Parish Council is seeking an enthusiastic and organised part-time Parish Clerk / Responsible Finance Officer. Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates who can work independently and flexibly with a strong community focus. The Parish Clerk will be responsible for the administration of the business and finances of the Council.

Landrake with St Erney is a small parish in South East Cornwall, approximately 4 miles west of Saltash, comprising the main village of Landrake, outlying hamlets of St Erney and Poldrissick to the South, and Cuttivett and Penquite to the North of the A38, which splits the village. The local population within the parish is approximately 1200 people, and there is a strong community spirit within the village.

The ideal candidate will have excellent administrative and communications skills, good knowledge of financial procedures plus a high level of IT expertise and an ability to be flexible to the needs of the job. A working knowledge of Local Government procedures is desirable.

10 Parish Councillors
Current precept 19508
Responsibility for village play park and playing fields.
Sole trustees of Sir Robert Geffery Memorial Hall.

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6th October 2023

5G Mast Off A38 Communication with Three

Photo credit Dan Foote

5G Mast Off A38 Communication with Three

Dear Ms Davies

Thank you for your letter dated 31st May 2023

I do not understand why the emails bounced back as undeliverable but would be grateful if you could reply by email to my email address and copy my Chairman and vice-chairman in the interest of time.

The Parish Council has the following questions for THREE :

1. Consulting with communities - Does THREE take community affairs seriously and work with communities to find solutions in cases such as Landrake where there is a very significant feeling in the community that the location of a mast is dangerous and inappropriate? We are aware of other examples (Ilkley, Llandudno) where THREE has listened to communities, and would urge THREE to think again before proceeding under the planning approval PA23/02464 to install this mast in a dangerous and unsightly location at the entrance to our village.

2. Will you meet with us? - Will THREE agree to meet (preferably on—site or alternatively - by Zoom) with our parish council to again explore alternative sites for this mast?

Whilst the statement “ in reaching their decision the LPA assessed highways safety and considered the siting and appearance of the proposed site” is factually correct it is far from the whole story.

3. Why was the first application withdrawn? = Following the submission of PA23/00259 (the first application for a 20m mast at this location), after over 70 written objections and a petition of 226 people, THREE, via Clarke Telecom. withdrew the application. The Parish Council would like to know the reason why this was withdrawn, and if the local objections played any part in THREE’s decision.

4. Why was there no consultation with Highways ? As part of PA23/00259, Highways submitted concerns about the dangerous location of the mast. An extract of their response is shown below

National Highways consultee response PA23/02464

It is necessary that we fully understand any potential impact on the highway that may result from the installation and subsequent operation of the equipment, in accordance with DfT Circular 01/2022. It would be expected that the agreement of National Highways would be sought prior to the submission of a prior notification application, which has not happened in this case. This is disappointing given our comments to the previous application reference PA23/00259.

National Highways consultee response PA23/00259

It would be expected that the agreement of National Highways would be sought prior to the submission of a prior notification application, which has not happened in this case.

Assessment of highways impact National Highways considers that the proposed development has the potential to adversely impact on the safe and effective operation of the A38 for the following reasons: 2 Registered office Bridge House, 1 Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4LZ National Highways Limited registered in England and Wales number 09346363 • the mast is within falling distance of the A38 carriageway and footway and no technical approvals for the structure have been provided and no road safety audit undertaken; • the installation could be vulnerable to an errant vehicle strike and it is not clear what protection measures have been considered; • no information has been provided regarding how safe and suitable access for maintenance will be achieved to ensure the A38 carriageway and footway will not be damaged or impeded after installation.

It is clear that in both cases (PA 23/00259 and PA23/02464) that there has been no prior consultation with Highways about this development. Why did THREE bypass the normal consultation process and not involve Highways, particularly as the A38 in this part of Cornwall is so dangerous?

5. Provision of 4G and 5G services to the local area – from the Clarke Telecom correspondence, the local area to be served by this mast location is approximately 50 houses. Any connectivity that serves the wider A38 (eg traffic, GPS etc) could easily be met from alternative locations, and we believe that there are alternative sites in the village that could be used for full coverage. Could THREE answer this question – how many THREE customers within the “red lines” on the Clarke Telecom correspondence – would be served by this mast?
Request to reconsider – the Parish Council is acting on behalf of the community who overwhelmingly do not want this mast at the proposed location. We have proposed multiple other locations for the mast and feel that THREE could show flexibility and a true desire to engage with communities before going ahead and implementing this planning decision. We know that the planning system is in favour of development, but surely there must be some balance between “progress at all costs” and the very strong views of a community which is ready to welcome 5G in a safe location.

We urge THREE to meet with the Parish Council to seek an alternative safe site for this mast.

We await your reply.

20230608 Response letter from Three

8th June 2023

5G Radio Mast - Letter to Sheryll Murray

5G Radio Mast Clarke Telecom location map

5G Radio Mast - Letter to Sheryll Murray

Sent by email 26th May 2023 @ 14:29hrs

Dear Sheryll

I understand one of Landrake with St Erney Parishioners has been in touch with you regarding Cornwall Council’s decision to approve the planning application for 5G mast on the entrance to Landrake Village, off the A38.

The Parish Council kindly asks you to:

1. Lobby the government to put forward changes to this type of planning application, so that local communities can have a meaningful say in what happens in their communities (or on this case, what is imposed on the community without their consent).
2. Contact National Highways urging them to take into consideration the safety views of Landrake Community.
Steve Hellier, Project Manager, Third Party Scheme Delivery
South West Operations Division
National Highways | Ash House | Falcon Road, Sowton Ind. Estate | Exeter | EX2 7LB
Tel: 0300 470 4383 | Mobile: 07917 068800
3. Write to the Managing Director of C K Hutchinson requesting work with the community to source alternative locations.
(Although different circumstances because the application didn’t get to approval stage, Janet Finch-Saunders, Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aelod o Senedd Cymru dros Aberconw, was able to secure an alterative location for Llandudno by writing to Three, now C K Hutchinson. See link: Plans for new 5G mast in Llandudno will not be going ahead | North Wales Pioneer)

You will see from the number of comments of the portal and the signed petition the strength of objection from Landrake Community.

The Parish Council and members of the community is not objecting to a 5g mast in the parish and have tried to put forward alternative suggested locations but the Parish Council are of the firm opinion that the proposed location is totally unsuitable.

1. The location would be blocking the view of the road a busy junction. Already there are far too many accidents on this stretch of the A38.
2. The mast would act as a potential distraction at the main access junction for Landrake, as well as to passing traffic on the A38, a major access route into Cornwall and already an accident black spot.
3. This stretch of the A38 is already an accident hotspot and the siting of this mast could obstruct drivers visibility or distract them adding further dangers.
4. The mast would be a blight on the landscape and an eyesore to the entrance of a traditional Cornish village. Code of Practice for Wireless Network Development in England from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport states "Mast positioning: all new masts should be sited, so far as is practicable, so as to minimise their impact on their setting, including the landscape and any buildings (para 36)"

The Parish Council has made every effort to try to engage with the Clarke Telecom to put forward alternative suggestions. As representatives of the community it serves, the Parish Council, supported by Cornwall Councillor Martin Worth have spent a lot of time and effort communicating with the agents and Cornwall Council.

The community of Landrake have been let down because legislation for Permitted Development Rights for Electronic Communications infrastructure do not allow for the communities views and valid material planning considerations to be taken into account.

The Parish Council have a public meeting next Tuesday (30th May 2023) and hope to be able to provide an update detailing your involvement and positive support.

All documents relating to this application can be found here PA23/02464 | Prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code systems operators for telecommunication equipment and cabinets | Telecommunications Cabinet School Road Landrake Cornwall PL12 5DZ

Please refer to the comments on planning application PA23/00259
PA23/00259 | Prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code system operators for telecommunication equipment and cabinets. | Telecommunications Cabinet School Road Landrake Cornwall PL12 5DZ

Which was withdrawn and subsequently replaced by PA23/02464 (which is a minor difference in size).
PA23/02464 | Prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code systems operators for telecommunication equipment and cabinets | Telecommunications Cabinet School Road Landrake Cornwall PL12 5DZ

Kind Regards

Karenza Heald

Karenza Heald
Parish Clerk / RFO for Landrake with St Erney Parish Council
Tel 07854 948936

Please find attached:
1. Landrake with St Erney Parish Council’s objection
2. Petition from Landrake with St Erney Parishioners
3. Communication between Landrake with St Erney Parish Council and Cornwall Council’s Planning Officer
4. Cornwall Council’s Delegated Officer Report
5. Cornwall Council’s letter to Clarke Telecom (the agents for this application) detailing conditions of the approval.
6. Location map

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29th May 2023

Local Government Bulletin - Disability Cost of Living payment

Local Government Bulletin - Disability Cost of Living payment

Payment window for £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment announced
The Department for Work and Pensions has today (19 May) announced that disabled people in the UK will receive their one-off £150 disability cost-of- living payment from 20 June.
Those being paid a disability benefit will receive it automatically during a two-week window starting on 20 June and finishing on 4 July. A small proportion of payments will be made after this date, where claimants were still awaiting confirmation of their eligibility or entitlement to disability benefits on 1 April. There will also be further payments of £300 for pensioners due later this year.
Councils are encouraged to share this message as appropriate.

Information on Disability cost of Living payment

19th May 2023

Local Government Bulletin - Funding for Farmers

The government announced yesterday (18 May) that farmers and landowners will be able to bid for a share of £15 million Landscape Recovery Scheme, to help them to collaborate and work in partnership to protect and enhance landscapes in England.
Landscape Recovery supports landowners and managers to take a large-scale, long-term approach to producing environmental and climate goods on their land.
The second round of the scheme will support up to 25 projects which will be administered by Natural England and the Environment Agency – the lead delivery partners for the scheme. The projects will be selected based on their environmental and social impact, value for money and suitability for the scheme.
Councils are encouraged to share this information with farmers and landowners in their area.

Funding for famers to protect the English landscape

18th May 2023

Annual Public meeting

Annual Public meeting

Welcome / Teas, coffees and refreshments
1. Report / update from Neighbourhood police
2. From approx. 7:30pm Approve of the minutes of the last
Annual Parish meeting held on 19th April 2019
(no public meetings held in recent years due to Covid)
3. Presentation from ‘Monday Club’ Youth Group
4. Presentation from members of Sir Robert Geffery Hall
Committee on the plans and progress for possible development
for the Solomon Browne Room.
5. A report form Parish Councillors on what the parish have
undertaken for the village since Covid.
6. Questions and answers.

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17th May 2023

Clarke Telecom Radio Mast proposal - communication with Planning Officer

Clarke Telecom Radio Mast proposal - communication with Planning Officer

I am just emailing regarding PA23/02464 and also in response to an email received by .......... regarding this application.

Application number:

Prior notification of proposed development by telecommunications code systems operators for telecommunication equipment and cabinets.

Telecommunications Cabinet
School Road
PL12 5DZ

CK Hutchinson Networks (UK) Ltd

Thank you for the Parish Council response to the above proposal which I have set out below:

“Landrake with St Erney Parish Council OBJECTS to this application for the following reasons :


ROAD SAFETY the site is adjacent to the A38 and will be a distraction for drivers and also at risk of a strike from an errant vehicle. This stretch of the A38 is a notoriously dangerous one, and the location in question is also potentially needed for road safety improvements by National Highways as part of the A38 Carkeel to Trerulefoot Safety Package.

SAFETY the site is far too close to the nearest houses in Geffery Close, and also to the A38 itself and the road into Landrake from the A38. If the mast were to fall, it would cause significant damage and potentially fatalities.

VISUAL IMPACT the mast will be an eyesore at the entrance to the village (where significant community efforts have been made to improve the entrance), and just outside ( within 15 metres ) of the Landrake Conservation Area. The mast is totally out of character with the entrance to a traditional Cornish village, and it is incapable of being camouflaged.

Given the significant objections from parishioners to PA23/00259 for an almost identical radio mast construction on the same site, (73 written objections to Cornwall Council and a petition signed by 226 people) the Parish Council sought a meeting in March 2023 with Clarke Telecom to attempt to discuss and propose alternative sites for the mast where it could meet the technical requirements in a suitable location. It was not possible to arrange this meeting (Clarke and their client were unavailable). It is disappointing that the Applicant has not sought to engage with the Parish Council to seek an alternative site before submitting another planning application for the same site. By engage, we mean a constructive dialogue to find an alternative site, not a letter which reiterates the Applicants wish to place the mast at the same location as PA23/00259.

The Parish Council has proposed various alternative sites on Pound Hill (please refer to attached plan). These sites are close to the village centre and on higher ground so in the opinion of the Parish Council are suitable alternatives to the one proposed by the Applicant. This would of course be subject to some agreement with landowners, but there is precedent within the Parish for the telecoms companies agreeing terms with landowners for suitable sites (eg Frenchmans Lane).

Clarke Telecom have proposed two alternative sites at Quarry Lane just within the Tamar Valley AONB (to place this in context, the sites are approx. 20-30 metres within the AONB in an otherwise unremarkable location on an agricultural field). No technical reason has been given by the Applicant why these sites cannot be used having proposed them, the Applicant rules them out on the basis that they are in the AONB. If the other sites suggested by the Parish Council cannot be taken forward, we would request that Clarke and their client explore the sites they have proposed within the AONB as a location for the mast.

The applicant withdrew PA23/00259, which had been objected to by 73 local residents , Highways and the Parish Council. The only substantive difference between this application and the previous one is a reduction in height of the mast by 2 metres (10%). It is the opinion of the Parish Council that the same objections would remain valid for this application and should be considered by Cornwall Council (because all of the objections relate to the location of the mast). By withdrawing and resubmitting the application, it means that those 73 people will have to log on again to Cornwall Council to object again to substantially the same proposal. The Parish council requests Cornwall Council to take these objections to PA23/00259 into account in considering this application on the basis that the planning considerations for the location and the issues related to the location are exactly the same as before. A file is attached showing the comments.

The Parish Council OBJECTS to the location of the radio mast in PA23/02464 for the reasons above. The Parish Council would welcome the installation of a 5G mast in an appropriate location and has made various suggestions to the Applicant, who has not as yet agreed to meet with us to discuss the location. The Parish Council would support the installation of the mast at either of the sites in Quarry Lane, (which have been proposed by the applicant) in the event that the other sites we have suggested are unsuitable from a technical perspective or the Applicant is unable to secure the sites. In these circumstances we would request the Tamar Valley AONB to look favourably on such a location, were an application to be submitted in the future.”

Since receiving your consultation response I have been assessing the application and unfortunately with these types of prior approval applications we can only assess the development against the relevant criteria of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO), which in this instance is Class A, Part 16 of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended). As such, certain material planning considerations which may usually apply and be assessed in planning applications do not apply to these prior approval applications. When following this set criteria of the GPDO, it is found that the development meets the limitations of this permitted development. With regard to this assessment, it does note that the siting and appearance of the development must be such that the visual impacts of it are minimised so far as practicable. Therefore this element of the proposal must be assessed.

In reference to this, the site of the proposal is outside of any landscape designations. However, landscape conservation is still important as outlined within policy 23 of the Cornwall Local Plan. It should also be noted that the proposed site of the development lies just to the north of the Landrake Conservation Area, approximately 290m to the west of the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and there are a number of listed buildings within the wider setting. Due to the height of the proposed monopole this development may be seen within the setting of these designated areas/buildings.

The proposed cabinets are minor in scale and would not rise over 1.8m from ground level and as such it is considered that this element of the development would have a very minimal visual impact. With regard to the proposed 18m high monopole, it is clear that this would be far more visible in the immediate and surrounding environment and therefore would result in a degree of visual impact to the area. However, there is generally a mixed character of development within this area, with the site being located adjacent to the A38. Due to this the development would sit alongside and be within the setting of existing highway infrastructure and street furniture, and in particular is located very close to the existing bridge across this highway. Further on from this, the proposed development as a whole occupies a small footprint and profile, offering a slimline appearance in this built-up area.

It is stated that the development will ensure that the latest high quality 3G and 4G service provision is provided in this area and will also offer new 5G coverage at this location. Therefore it would enhance communication facilities to meet current and future demand as well as generating other socio-economic benefits. These benefits of the proposal are acknowledged and attract significant weight.

Given the slimline design of the monopole and the location of the development outside of any landscape designations and next to the existing highway infrastructure/street furniture, it is felt that the siting and appearance of the proposed development would not result in significant visual harm to this area, nor the setting, or significance of the Landrake Conservation Area, Tamar Valley AONB and the surrounding listed buildings. Within the ‘Supplementary Information’ document submitted it has been set out why this design for the development was chosen, as well as addressing a number of alternative sites and why these are not feasible/have not been chosen. It is apparent from this document that the proposed site is the most viable location for this development which would have the least visual impacts. Additionally, the slimmest monopole design has been chosen which will still enable all the multi technologies to be supported from this site. Hence it is considered that the visual impact of the development on these sites and the surrounding area has been minimised so far as practicable.

It is still acknowledged that this development will result in a level of visual harm to the area, however in weighing the harm against the benefits and the need for the installation to be sited as proposed, it is concluded that these would outweigh the limited harm that would be caused to the heritage assets and the character and appearance of the area.

Given this, and the assessment being limited to the criteria of Class A of Part 16 of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended), it is considered that the development meets this criteria and therefore prior approval is allowed.

I have further addressed each of your points of objection below:

• Road safety objections due to the site being adjacent to the A38.

Response: National Highways were consulted and considered that a condition and informative could be imposed in order to ensure the development does not adversely impact on the safe and efficient operation of the A38 trunk road. These have been added accordingly and therefore these issues have been addressed.

• Safety concerns through damage and fatalities that could be caused if monopole was to fall.

Response: The development would need to be built to a certain standard and this is not assessed through planning applications nor the prior approval criteria as set out within Class A, Part 16 of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended). Therefore the impacts of the development if it were to fall cannot be considered and therefore have not been assessed with this application.

• The visual impacts of the development on the entrance of the village and the Landrake Conservation Area.

Response: The visual impacts of the development have been assessed in the main body of the report and it is considered that the siting and appearance of the development is acceptable in this location. Additionally it is felt that the degree of visual harm presented is outweighed by the public benefits of the development.

• Lack of consultation following objections and petition on the previous application.

Response: Whilst it is always encouraged that developers/applicants engage with local parishes and communities before and during the submission of planning applications this is not a requirement. The criteria set out within Class A, Part 16 of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) has been followed by the developer and all necessary consultation letters have been sent out accordingly.

• Proposing alternative sites for the development on Pound Hill and Quarry Lane.

Response: The developer has provided a document addressing why numerous other sites have not been chosen. With regard to Pound Hill it has been stated that “A mast at this location is not viable due to a physical lack of space in order to deliver the required level of coverage to the target area. This site has therefore been discounted for this reason. In addition, a site in this location would not be able to be built due to the proximity of BT lines which would make the installation of a radio base station in this location problematic. A site in this location has therefore been discounted for this reason.” Therefore this location cannot be used for the development. In respect of the sites at Quarry Lane, that lie within the Tamar Valley AONB, it is not felt that this would be appropriate to place equipment within this designated landscape, as it would not conserve or enhance the character and natural beauty of this area. Therefore it is considered that the current proposed location would be more visually acceptable.

• Objections on the previous application should remain valid and be considered on this current application.

Response: A new application was submitted as an improved design of the development was proposed. Members of the public were welcome to object to this new current proposal, however previous application objections cannot be included as a part of new applications and as such only objections received on this current application can be considered.

Unfortunately, these prior approval applications are time restricted and section 8(c) of Class A, Part 16 of Schedule 2 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) confirms that if the Local Authority have not notified the developer in writing as to whether such prior approval is required than the development can begin after the occurrence of a period of 56 days beginning on which the Local Planning Authority received this application. Therefore due to application being time critical we are unable to take it to planning committee. Moreover, given the existing surrounding environment/development near this proposed site, along with the limited assessment criteria of the relevant class of the GPDO, it is not considered that there is reasonable planning considerations to refuse this application.
I understand this is not the outcome that the parish or local residents were hoping for, however unfortunately this is the decision that has been reached. I wanted to contact to make yourselves aware of the outcome before issuing the decision. The deadline for this application is the 17th May 2023 and therefore the decision will be issued no later than this date.

10th May 2023

Mobile Mast revised proposal

The previous application was withdrawn to allow us to change the design and to reduce height of the proposed mast, as due to technical requirements the site cannot be moved in order to provide coverage to the target area. This proposal is for the installation of a new site to boost the capacity on the network in this location for the operator. The site needs to cover a certain target coverage area as the operator is experiencing capacity issues in this area. The area surrounding the proposed site has been fully investigated, and it was considered that the application site was the most viable and suitable location for the proposed equipment. The search area for the proposed site is small due to the operator’s requirement to fill the hole in coverage to fix coverage and capacity issues currently being experienced by its users. The Phase 9 is the most sensitive and it will be at the lowest possible height of 18m in order to provide clearance on the nearby houses to avoid clipping. The phase 9 monopole is much slimmer in design and are typically not designed to use a wraparound cabinet at the base which reduces the visual impact of the monopole.

Preconsultation letter proposed radio mast at Grass Verge at School Road

6th March 2023

Event Intention - Sir Robert Jefferys School X Country Run

Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, S.16A
The below event road closure request has been received.
Event: Sir Robert Gefferys School Landrake - Cross Country Run
Date: 10th March 2023
Times: 12:00 to 15:00
Please click the following link for Intention Notice and map :
Applicants are reminded that they have undertaken to notify all interested parties known to be directly affected by the closure including, if appropriate, bus companies and all frontagers on the length of the road such as local residents and businesses as well as other traders who may have to make deliveries and/or collections in the area.
The event organiser will display notices at each road / street to be closed at least fourteen days before the closure.
Applicants are reminded that they are responsible for the provision, erection, maintenance and removal of all necessary signing and site notices.

Event Intention Notice

3rd February 2023

Clarke Telecom - email response to queries 30/01/2023

Image of Radio Mast location from Clarke Telecom

Clarke Telecom - email response to queries 30/01/2023

It is a densification project for the operator’s network to fill holes in service provision including coverage and capacity. This will enable the operator’s customers to be able to use their handheld devices without calls being dropped or buffering occurring where there is a gap in the operator’s network coverage and capacity ability. A site in this location will fill the gap in service provision and provide high quality, reliable, advanced 4G and 5G to this area. The search area for the proposed site is small due to the operator’s requirement to fill the hole in coverage to fix coverage and capacity issues. The coverage plot below presents current lack of coverage for the operator’s network.

Mobile phone base stations operate on a low power and accordingly base stations therefore need to be located in the areas they are required to serve. Increasingly, people are also using their mobiles in their homes, and this means the operator needs to position base stations in, or close to, residential areas. The proposed mast due to its design will be able to serve only one operator, which is CK Hutchinson Networks (UK) Ltd (commonly known as Three). The proposed new mast has been sited and designed in order to provide 5G coverage and to fill the hole in coverage for this mobile network. At present it is paramount that digital connectivity is supported and maintained throughout the country. The current proposal therefore provides such additional capacity to the network whilst still promoting the improved 5G technology.

The Code of Practice set out the importance of the connectivity in paragraphs 8 – 12:

‘8.Digital connectivity is vital to enable people to stay connected and businesses to grow. Fast, reliable digital connectivity can deliver economic, social and well-being benefits for the whole of the UK.

9.As the demand for mobile data in the United Kingdom is increasing rapidly, it is important that everyone has access to dependable and consistent mobile coverage where they live, work and travel.

10.The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review (FTIR) and the National Infrastructure Strategy set out the government’s long-term strategy for meeting its digital connectivity targets and delivering high quality, reliable digital infrastructure that works across the UK[1].

11.The government has committed to extending mobile coverage across the UK. The government has committed to extending mobile coverage across the UK. The government’s Levelling Up White Paper has set a mission that the UK will have nationwide 4G coverage, with 5G coverage for the majority of the population by 2030. In support of this, the government and the UK’s mobile network operators agreed a £1 billion Shared Rural Network deal to extend 4G mobile geographical coverage to 95% of the UK by the end of the programme.

12.Next Generation Mobile Technologies: A 5G Strategy for the UK, and the update to this, set out the government’s ambition for the UK to be a global leader in 5G to take early advantage of its potential and help to create a world-leading digital economy that works for everyone. The government also wants businesses and communities to benefit from investments in 5G as soon as possible. Through the government’s 5G Testbeds and Trials programme we have seen its value to manufacturing, farming, transport networks and healthcare.

Also, The Code of Practice notes that new ground-based masts will sometimes be required to accommodate the ever-increasing coverage and capacity needs of the country. 4G and 5G are likely to require further network densification in order to meet growing customer demand for data. Where higher frequencies are used, with lower signal propagation characteristics, apparatus will need to be located in closer proximity to user devices. The type of mast deployed will depend upon the location and setting, as well as the coverage requirements of the site. Therefore, the site at this location will help to meet the government objectives in providing digital connectivity throughout the UK. It is a densification project for the Three operator; therefore the construction cost will be covered by them.

The Frenchmans Lane – Wotton Farm wasn’t taken consideration as it’s located to far to the north in order to provide coverage to the coverage target area; an installation outside this search area, regardless of whether there are existing sites, would not allow the operator to provide their desired level of coverage and therefore would not adequately maintain and provide new coverage and capacity. The current location was chosen by the radio planner, as it’s the most optimal to provide required coverage. There’s not going to be a rental income from the site, as the land on which it’s proposed to be located belongs to the Cornwall Highways.

31st January 2023

PA23 00259

Proposed location

PA23 00259

Email received from Clarke Telecom

Dear Karenza,

I am writing to address some of you concerns.

Addressing your concerns in regard to the highway’s safety, I have forwarded that email to our design and acquisition team for them to look at the matter and comment on that. I can also ensure you that as a part of the planning application the developer’s notice was sent to the Highways Department including a set of site plans for them to comment on it.

Regarding the health concerns the proposed installation conforms to current government planning guidelines regarding potential health effects arising from telecommunications development. The operator has attached a declaration that the site conforms to ICNIRP guidance, as a part of the planning submission. This is in full accordance with NPPF. International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection public compliance is determined by mathematical calculation and implemented by careful location of antennas, access restrictions and/or barriers and signage as necessary. Members of the public cannot unknowingly enter areas close to the antennas where exposure may exceed the relevant guidelines.

The suggested alternative location at Quarry Lane would not be more appropriate in my view due to the proximity to the AONB, due to that the development within this sensitive area should be avoided. Siting the telecommunication monopole at this location could meet objections from the case officer, the environment and/or heritage officer due to a possible environmental impact on the Tamar Valley AONB.

Kind regards,

Site plans

18th January 2023

Proposed 'No waiting at any time' - Church Street

EDG2106_SN02 Church Street

Proposed 'No waiting at any time' - Church Street

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the grounds on which they are made, via email or in writing to:
Infrastructure Design, CORMAC Consultancy,
Radnor Road, Scorrier, Redruth, TR16 5EH.
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10th January 2023

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