Page updated 31st January 2017

Richborough Mast

Dover District Council Decision – January 2017

Second Mast for Richborough

Overview

Planning Application  submitted on Jan 21st 2016

Consultation on 25th Sept 2015

Exhibition Summary 

 


Dover DC Decision – January 2017

The planning applications for the proposed two new masts at Richborough (Power Station site and Kings End Farm) have been discussed by Dover District Council and have been refused permission.  Planning application number application numbers 16/00044 and 16/00524.

Link to Dover District Council website.

 


Second Mast – the Kings End Farm Mast – updated 17th May 2016

Another company  – New Line Networks – is drawing up outline plans for a 305 Metre tall mast at Richborough, but on a different site from the Vigilant Global 320 Metre mast on the old Power Station site.

This second mast would be at Kings End Farm – close to the Richborough Fort.

A Planning application has now been submitted to Dover District Council – application number 16/00524.

Link to Dover planning website

As with all these technical commercial applications there are many drawings and documents – 74 documents – + currently (17th May 2016) 37 public comments – all against.

The Dover planning website differs from the Thanet planning website by making the comments publicly available on the website.

New Line Networks held an exhibition in Cliffsend on 31st Mar, 2-6pm in the Village Hall to explain their proposals and gather community views.

Their dedicated Kings End Farm Mast website.

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Overview

Vigilant Global UK are proposing to “develop Richborough Mast in order to provide a new point for communications”.

The mast will be 320+ metres high, but only 3 metres wide for its entire height – rather like a needle in appearance – and secured with guy cables. See drawing.

The Richborough Mast will be situated on the Richborough Energy Park site (the old Power Station site).

Potential effects on Cliffsend

The Mast could offer a potential advantage to Cliffsend village:-

  • A possible large benefit is fast wireless broadband from the mast – which will cover all Cliffsend and much of Thanet and local rural areas – which should be cheaper than optical fibre (where the fibre option is available).
  • Subsidised broadband to Community Halls, libraries, schools.

The Mast could have 2 potential drawbacks for Cliffsend village:-

  • Visual.  Although very slim, the mast will have red aircraft warning lights at 46M intervals – 7 levels including at the top at 322 M. 
  • Possible interference with TV reception.

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Planning Application

The developers submitted a Planning Application to Dover District Council on 21st Jan 2016 – application number 16/00044

Link to Dover Planning website

The application has many large documents.

Note that the Richborough Mast website has not been updated to include this application (9th Mar 2016).

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Cliffsend consultation – Sept 2015

Vigilant Global held a consultation event about this in Cliffsend, and the information on the exhibition display boards is now available to download from their dedicated Richborough Mast website as a pdf file. (1.5 Mb)

Unfortunately, Vigilant were let down by their delivery contractor, so that many houses in Cliffsend didn’t receive the invitation to the exhibition.

Invitation to the consultation   pdf – 140 kb

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Exhibition summary

These are Outline Proposals. The exhibitions in Cliffsend and Sandwich were for consultation with the local communities.

There is a consultation document on the Richborough Mast website which people can use to express their opinions.

It can be either filled in online or printed off for posting.

Why is the mast needed and what will it look like?

The Mast is needed to provide wireless communication to Europe.

It needs to be at least 320 m high to give a clean line of sight to the receiving mast in Europe.

This is over twice the height of the aircraft warning masts on either side of the wind turbine by the power station.

However, it will be only 3 m wide for its entire height – like a thin needle (secured by guy cables) – so that its visual appearance will be quite minimal.

The exhibition boards file (on the Richborough Mast website) has many photos of the Power Station site from various view points around the district.

Each view has 2 photos – both the actual view and then one with the mast added.

Potential community benefits

The Mast can host other dishes.

A possible large benefit is fast wireless broadband from the mast – which will cover all Cliffsend and much of Thanet and local rural areas – which should be cheaper than optical fibre (where the fibre option is available).

Subsidised broadband to Community Halls, libraries, schools.

The company hope to establish a special relationship with, and provide project support to, Sandwich Technology School.

There is a possibility of local (Dover) community radio being broadcast from the mast on AM/FM (currently only available on the internet).

Vigilant are also asking for ideas for any other uses which could be hosted on the mast.

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