Phone mast plan rejected after petition

Phone mast plan rejected after petition

by Tom Martin (November 2021)

BIRKDALE residents who started a petition against plans to build a 15metre tall phone mast are celebrating after the council rejected the proposal.

The local authority dismissed a planning application by CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd to put the mast on Lulworth Road.

A group of residents who signed a petition claimed it would “visually overshadow the nearby homes in a negative manner” and was “out of character for the area.”

The council made its decision on November 17.

A report states: “It is a dominating and intrusive feature which would significantly detract from the appearance and character of the local street scene. The proposal is of poor design which significantly harms the character and appearance of the area.”

The original plan was to build an 18metre high phone mast, but this was rejected, prompting the applicant to come back with a changed plan to lower the height by three metres.

Dukes Ward Councillors Sir Ron Watson and Mike Prendergast have welcomed the council’s decision.

Cllr Prendergast said: “We have worked with local residents to address their concerns. Whilst we welcome the better infrastructure this type of structure provides, it needs to be located in a more suitable location which won’t dominate the surrounding area.”

Cllr Sir Ron Watson added: “I and my Conservative colleagues are committed to supporting residents and maintaining the unique character of Birkdale. I hope the developer will now look at alternative sites.”


 



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