PLANS to build a new telecommunications mast next in Earby will now go ahead after the Planning Inspectorate granted an appeal against a refusal to grant permission.

The application by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited (CTIL) and Vodafone is to install a telecommunications mast at Earby Cricket Club, on William Street.

The plans comprise installing a 17.5 metre monopole supporting three antennas and one transmission dish, three equipment cabinets and an 1.8 metre palisade fence.

In February, the West Craven Area Committee refused the plans on the basis the mast would result in unacceptable harm to the setting and significance of the Earby conservation area.

However, planning inspector G J Fort said: "I have found that the proposed development would avoid material harm to the character and appearance of its surroundings and the adjacent conservation area.

"Moreover, it would deliver considerable public benefits in terms of increased mobile network coverage in the local area."