Councillors will be asked to approve plans to install a six-metre flagpole in a Broughty Ferry garden, despite residents’ concerns over noise and that it may topple over in high winds.
Dundee City Council’s planning committee has received eight objections to the proposal to install the flagpole at 19 Navarre Street.
Homeowner Fraser Moncur had previously erected the flagpole but took it down when he realised permission was required from the council.
Several of his neighbours have lodged objections to his plan.
One objector raised concerns the sound of a flag flapping in the wind could be a nuisance for neighbours.
However, council officers said although planning permission is required for a flagpole, it is not necessary for flying a national flag and any sounds noise caused cannot be considered a determining issue.
Separate permission is required for flying any other type of flag.
A report to go before councillors on Monday night states: “The proposed flagpole will be of slim-line construction with little ornamentation to the finial or base and its use will be limited to the flying of a national flag only.
“Although flagpoles are not a common feature of residential streets, the presence of the flagpole and the flying of a flag are not considered to detract from the residential surroundings of the application property to a point where the proposal should be regarded as being unacceptable.
“At six metres in height the flagpole is the same height as the street lighting column immediately adjacent to the application site.
“The location, size and design of the proposed flagpole are acceptable and there
would be no significant adverse visual impact or other amenity issues.”
Officers also rejected an objection that said the flag would be a potentially dangerous distraction to drivers and could even pose a risk to pedestrians in high winds.
They stated: “The flagpole would be sited 2.6 metres from the north boundary that fronts onto Navarre Street.
“In this position it would not cause a distraction to road users or impact on the
safety of pedestrians. The likelihood of the pole falling down in high winds is not a material planning consideration.”
Other concerns raised were that children could be tempted to try to climb the pole.
The planning committee will meet to determine the application in Dundee City Chambers on Monday.