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DENIED: Plans for 15-metre 5G mast in Leavesden would ‘cause significant harm’

 Published on: 25th May 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Plans that would have seen a 15-metre 5G mast installed on the corner of a residential road in Leavesden have been rejected by Watford Borough Council (WBC).

The application, put forward by CK Hutchison Networks UK Ltd, operators of the Three mobile network, were rejected on Tuesday, May 16. If approved, they would have seen the mast and several equipment cabinets placed on the corner of High Road and Hare Crescent.

The decision reads: “The proposed siting of the mast within a prominent area of open space at the junction of two residential roads, is considered to cause significant harm to the character and appearance of the locality.

“It is not considered that alternative sites have been fully explored or that the harm caused would outweigh the benefits of providing 5G coverage to the surrounding area.”

The news will be a cause for celebration for residents, many of whom objected to the proposed development and described it as an “eyesore”. Around 57 Hare Crescent and High Road residents signed a petition against the plans.

One objection stated: “The mast will be a complete eyesore and will affect the mental health of the residents in close proximity. No one will want to be able to see an awful mast from their window.”

A Three spokesperson said: “After extensive searches, our planners determined that this site was required to deliver a great network experience for residents and businesses.

“We tried to minimise the visual impact by using the slimmest design available, keeping the height to a minimum, and removing one of the cabinets.

“We are considering the council’s reasons for refusal and assessing our next steps.”

WBC has been contacted for comment.

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