ADELAIDE Plains Council has approved the development of a 50-metre-high telecommunications tower in Lewiston, after the application was approved by its Council Assessment Panel last week.
Tech company Huawei Technologies applied to construct a lattice tower near the corner of Germantown Road and Gawler Road, which is expected to increase the 3G and 4G network coverage of mobile phones in the surrounding area.
The development application was initially lodged on September 21 last year, but was delayed due to facility access and traffic concerns.
The development includes six 2.5-metre antennas on the top of the tower, an equipment cabinet and an overhead cable tray, which will connect the equipment cabinet to the tower, while a two-metre-high security fence will surround the facility.
Through public submissions, fears were raised that a tower of such height could potentially become distracting for motorists at an already troubled intersection.
The applicant’s report, which was submitted to council, stated that neither the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) or traffic consultant MFY had a problem with the effect a tower might have on road users.
“There is nothing unusual or particularly interesting about the proposed tower that would draw any attention to it,” the report stated.
“Neither DPTI or MFY have raised this as an issue or concern.”