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APPLICATION REFUSED: Council declines application for 5G mast in Bushey

 Published on: 15th March 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

A planning application for a 5G mast at the junction of James Close and Aldenham Road in Bushey has been refused.

The proposal intended to improve 2G, 3G, and 4G coverage and provide new 5G coverage for Vodafone.

The decision, published on 26 February, stated: “The proposed development, by virtue of its prominent siting and loss of domestic curtilage planting would introduce an intrusive and unsightly collection of structures to the street scene which would detract from the appearance and character of the area..”

Many residents will be pleased to hear the news, as the delegated report revealed 46 neighbour responses against the plans and 0 in support of it. Many were concerned with the visual impact the 17.5-meter mast and three cabinets could have and it’s location.

Councillors across parties campaigned against the plans after hearing residents views. 

Councillor Jane West said: “I was pleased Councillor Harry Mortimer ‘called in’ this application after a local resident contacted him. We are pleased the Council Planning Team have refused permission on grounds of harm to the visual amenity. I am sure many of the residents were also relieved to hear this decision has been made.” 

Councillors Paul Richards and Jerry Evans said: “We had campaigned against this mast for two reasons. Its sheer size would have made it totally unsuitable for a residential area with many locally-listed buildings. The second was safety: the present streetlamp at that location has twice been hit by vehicles and once fell into a resident’s garden.”

You can find out more about the application on Hertsmere Borough Council’s website by searching reference number 21/0115/PD56O.

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