Design Access Statement VODAFONE CELL SITE 76676
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Design & Access Statement VODAFONE CELL SITE 76676 Telecommunications Proposal At RUSHMERE HEATH WATER TOWER, RUSHMERE ST ANDREW, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK, IP5 1WE We are aware of changes to the development control system that has heralded the need for Design & Access Statements in relation to a variety of formal planning submissions. As you will be aware, engineering operations are exempt from this requirement, and while there is no strict definition within planning legislation that classifies telecommunications as an engineering operation, it clearly has significant and substantial similarities. In addition, our understanding of the spirit of these changes to the development control system is that it is largely aimed at mainstream development proposals, particularly in relation to issues of access. Notwithstanding the above, and our view that telecommunications proposals are not directly affected by these changes, all formal applications and submissions undertaken for the telecommunications industry will always address the following: • The siting and design of the scheme, and the principles and concepts that have been applied • Where issues of access are pertinent (for example where a new access is being formed), the nature and detail of this will be described. It will be appreciated that general public access is not permitted in relation to telecommunications installations. In order to assist the LPA in considering this particular submission in the context of the requirement for Design and Access Statements, we have collected in this document the various relevant sections contained in the accompanying supporting documentation and supplementary information. Design and Access Statements The following are the relevant headings that need to be considered in relation to design and access issues, for the purposes of Design and Access Statements The Design Process This particular scheme has resulted from a requirement for Vodafone to provide improved 3G coverage to the roads, residential and business parts of Rushmere St Andrew, Kesgrave and wider surrounding areas (please see attached coverage plots for further information). The scheme seeks to install 3 no. radio antennas upon the legs of the water tower at a height of 20m above ground level. An equipment cabinet is proposed at ground level housing the telecommunications equipment along with other ancillary development thereto. The location benefits from being an existing structure, as well as already being an existing telecommunications site, with a number of other Operators already in situ. The Vodafone proposal seeks to face mount the antennas on the legs of the tower, which avoids the need for further antennas to be installed above the sky line of the structure, thus minimising any additional visual impact on the surrounding area. Use, Layout and Scale The scheme seeks to design and place an installation that is unobtrusive and minimal in terms of both siting and appearance. This is achieved by way of utilising an existing structure, as well as one that is already being utilised for mobile telecommunications use. By face mounting the antennas upon the legs of the water tower, we are ensuring that there are no additional antennas jutting above the skyline of the building and all cables shall be run up the inside of the tower and coloured grey, so as to be hidden from the surrounding area. We believe that the affect on the locality and the adjoining area will be minimal and any views from nearby residential properties will be unaffected as any equipment will be viewed against the backdrop of the water tower itself along with any existing equipment, fencing, shrubs and trees. Appearance Type of Structure Description: Type of structure is a 38m concrete water tower within a large fenced Anglian Water compound. The proposal is to face mount 3 x radio antennas upon the water tower at a height of 20m above ground level, with an equipment cabinet located at ground level with other ancillary development thereto. Overall Height: Height of existing building: 38m to top of water tower Equipment Housing: 1 Cabinet Length: 1.58 Metres Width: 0.38 Metres Height: 1.40 Metres Materials: Tower/mast etc – type of material and Existing concrete water tower. Antennas external colour: to be face mounted on the legs of the tower and are coloured grey as standard, which will blend in with the existing colour of the water tower. Equipment housing – type of material and Steel equipment cabinet, coloured Holly external colour: Green with galvanised steel grey meter cabinet. Can be finished to LPA requirements. Landscaping No additional landscaping has been proposed with the development. Access Access to the application site for maintenance and construction purposes is via an existing track that runs from the adopted highway to the Anglian Water secure compound. Radio base stations are not designed to be accessible by the public. Therefore no specific access provisions are required to be incorporated into the design of the proposal. Access to the cabinet, can be taken directly from within the Anglian Water compound, as the cabinet is located at ground level adjacent to the water tower. Antenna access is to be obtained via the use of an elevated platform and this will be parked within the Anglian Water compound adjacent to the water tower. All access can be obtained from within Anglian Water’s compound and will not interfere with any nearby footpaths, pavements or public highways.