Rotherham planning bosses set to approve plans for a 20-metre high 5G mast

Rotherham planning bosses are set to approve blueprints to install a 20-metre high 5G mast.

Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 9:38 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 12:08 pm

Planning permission for the mast, at Whitehill Lane, Brinsworth, already ‘as effectively been granted for the development’, and according to a report, theprinciple of the development is not ‘at issue’.

The report to councillors says the local planning authority can only look at the siting and appearance of the proposal.The report continues: "The options for the position of the monopole are extremely limited and the only viable solution that minimises amenity issues is the site selected.“The proposed site is located within a densely packed residential area, with no scope to pull the mast outside of this area and give the cell 5G coverage.“The applicant has submitted a supporting statement that details the need for a new mast at this location to provide 5G coverage and has demonstrated the designated cell search area to be extremely constrained.

“The cell search areas for 5G are extremely constrained with a typical cell radius of about 250m meaning it would not be feasible to site the column outside of this locale.

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The council has received 10 representations, including one from a local ward councillor.One objector stated: “The mast will be unsightly and does not need to be in the middle of a residential estate. Don’t want to be looking at this through my window. Plus, I think these things can cause health issues.”Another neighbour said: “The cost to the surrounding home owners could not only be their health from radiation caused by the masts, but also a financial cost through the considerable depreciation that the mast would cause on house prices.”Another said: "I object to this mast being erected as there are safety concerns around the transmission of telecoms masts and also in the current climate, there is a possibility the mast may be vandalised, based on current news reports and strong public objection to 5G masts."

The report concludes: “Evidence provided demonstrates the proposed monopole of this design is a suitable solution for this area given the lack of alternative sites within the immediate surrounding area.“Paragraph 112 of the National Planning Policy Framework encourages the provision of 5G infrastructure in order to support economic growth and social well-being through the increased connectivity that 5G will provide.

“While it is recognised that the height of the proposed mast is above that of the surrounding street furniture, the mast will not appear out of place within this urban environment, is located on a central island away from the nearest residential properties and will benefit from the limited backdrop of green vegetation provided by the adjacent tree and shrubbery."As such, the proposal is considered to be in accordance with local and national policy guidance and it is recommended prior approval for its siting and appearance is approved."

A decision will be made at a virtual meeting of Rotherham Council’s planning regulatory board on June 18 at 9am.

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