Thursday, 4 November 2004

Questions (84)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh


71 Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he proposes to change existing legislation with regard to the distance between new masts and housing units. [25583/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

There are no standards in primary or secondary legislation relating to distance between masts and housing units. The guidelines for planning authorities on telecommunication antennae and support structures of 1996 advise that "in the vicinity of larger towns and city suburbs, operators should endeavour to locate in industrial areas or in industrially zoned land." They also advise that "only as a last resort should free standing masts be located in a residential area or beside schools".