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Vodaphone hands appeal to planning inspectorate over Yardley Wood Road mast

Sarah Mason 28th Mar, 2018

DEVELOPERS are attempting to overturn a decision to install a mobile phone mast on Yardley Wood Road.

Vodaphone were denied permission to put up a 15-metre mast and equipment cabinets on the grass verge outside The Lodge in Solihull by planning chiefs despite officers recommendations to approve the proposal.

In December the committee refused the application based on a policy within the Local Development Plan, which states any mast should be at a distance of at least twice its height from the nearest residential properties.

The mobile phone company have since lodged an appeal to the planning inspectorate in a bid to challenge the Council’s decision.

The committee were told at the meeting if they decided to refuse the application it would contravene National Planning Framework policy (NPF) which states local authorities should not impose a ban on new telecommunications nor insist on minimum distances between new telecommunications development and existing development.

Campaigners have previously spoken about their fears over health to children in the area going to school or nursery, the mast being out of scale with the area and increase in noise levels.

These have been aired once again.

In a letter to the planning inspectorate one campaigner said: “We are extremely saddened and upset to feel Vodafone have completely ignored the views of hundreds of people and rather than doing a bit of extra work to find a more convenient less visually obtrusive location, or mast sharing option.

“They have instead decided to appeal and still push forward with the current location, this is very disappointing after all the hard work undertaken by residents, Councillors and the local MP to object.”

Anyone who wants to have their say on the mobile phone mast should email west2@pins-gsi.gov.uk or visit https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk

Alternatively send three copies to Ann Edmonds 3M Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6PN quoting appeal reference APP/Q4625/W/18/3196154 by April 17.

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