A plan to erect a telecommunications mast the height of a six-storey building near a busy Hereford junction was rejected.
CK Hutchison Networks, operator of the Three mobile network in the UK, wanted to install the 20m high 5G mast along with three equipment cabinets next to Roman Road, the A4103, near the roundabout with the A49 Holmer Road.
It applied for ‘prior authorisation’ from Herefordshire Council under what are known as Permissible Development Rights, which allow certain types of building work without the need for full planning permission.
“There is an acute need for a new base station to provide effective network coverage and in this case the height of the proposed street pole is the minimum required to bring the benefits of 5G to this area,” the statement said application of the company.
But planning officer Simon Rowles concluded that the visual impact of such a tall pole “would be unacceptably prominent in the context of busy routes in and out of the city,” a consideration “not outweighed by the social and economic benefits of an improvement.” will be 5G network coverage”.
“Despite attempts by officials to obtain a reduction in height, no such change occurred,” he added.
The company has also provided “inadequate clarity” as to why other sites being considered for the mast have been rejected, he said, but agreed the mast will not have any significant public health impact.
No comment on the plan was provided by either the city council or the public.
Last month the same company lost an appeal to allow a similar pole for the City Walls in Bath Street.
The company has been asked for comment.
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