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LOST SIGNAL: Plans for telephone mast scrapped after opposition from Rickmansworth residents

 Published on: 22nd April 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

A planning application that would have seen a 17.5 metre telephone mast erected on a main road in Rickmansworth has been rejected by Three Rivers District Council (TRDC).

Residents had already expressed opposition to the plans on Chorleywood Road to RICKYnews, with it being dubbed an ‘eyesore’ and even ‘a dangerous obstruction to traffic’ by the headmaster at the nearby Royal Masonic School for Girls.

The decision was made on April 8, with the council’s head of regulatory services Kimberley Rowley stating in a rejection letter:

“The proposed monopole, by reason of its siting, black appearance and excessive height would result in the unacceptable proliferation of street furniture and would appear as a highly prominent and visually obtrusive feature within the street scene and wider area, detrimental to the character and appearance of the area.”

A spokesperson for Cornerstone, the developers of the mast, said: “Cornerstone understand that our mobile infrastructure impacts communities.

“We aim to ensure that our telecommunications equipment blends into the area as much as possible while enabling quality digital connectivity to the communities we serve.

Unfortunately, the proposed site on Chorleywood Road has been refused by the local planning authority. We will now review the reasons for this refusal and determine our next steps towards improved network coverage in the Chorleywood Road area.”

The plans would have seen the 17.5-metre mast erected on the northeast side of Chorleywood Road, along with assorted antennae and equipment cabinets.

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