A 320-metre tall tower planned by 'Flash Boy' traders has been rejected by locals



Plans by two high-frequency trading firms to build huge telecoms towers in the Kent countryside have been rejected by a local council after objections by residents.
Last week, local authorities in the county said that building the towers would have a material impact on the "heritage significance, landscape character and appearance" of the local area, and as a result should be refused. It now appears those concerns have been heeded.
Last year, Vigilant, a telecoms company owned by high-frequency trading firm DRW Trading, submitted plans to build a 320-metre tall tower to allow what it calls "a new communications point between the UK and Europe" which will have a "completely unobstructed" line of sight both optically, and for radio waves.
That tower would have been the sixth tallest structure in the UK, and exceeded the height of the tallest building, the Shard in London, by at least ten metres. Currently, the tallest structure in Britain is the Skelton Mast in Cumbria, which is 365 metres high. Vigilant Global, which is based in Canada, initially put forward plans in August 2015.
The towers need to be as tall as possible so that they can transmit microwaves with no obstructions, and as a result can be some of the tallest structures on earth. A diagram from Vigilant shows this:

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