WIRRAL COUNCIL: 18 metre tall 5G mast plan rejected
Wirral Council has thrown out plans to build an 18-metre tall 5G mast in one part of the borough.
The mast, which would have been built on Price Street in Birkenhead, was “unsightly” and risked harming major plans to regenerate the town according to the local authority.
Wirral Council’s committee report on the plan said that although the Price Street location may be acceptable the proposed mast was “excessive”.
The report added: “The antennae is large, bulky and would clearly attract attention given that it would be on a structure 18 metres tall, which is clearly taller than surrounding streetlights.
“Whilst it is accepted that masts are common features within urban settings, the prominent location of this site, together with the height of the mast and unsightly antennae would result in it being far too visible.
“Given the utilitarian design, [this] would clearly harm the character of the area.”
The report also acknowledged the impact the plan could have on the council’s future plans for Birkenhead.
Among the major developments coming to Birkenhead is a plan to build 651 homes, a new permanent market for the town replacing the current one and high quality office space.
The committee report noted such plans are central to the upcoming Local Plan, which will set out where thousands of homes will be built in Wirral over the next 15 years.
The council report continued: “This regeneration area sits directly to the south of where this mast will be sited, with a new residential neighbourhood being created (as part of the scheme) on the existing surface car park.
“The proposed mast would sit close to this scheme and could have a detrimental impact upon the character and setting of the scheme.”
Words: George Morgan, Local Democracy Reporter
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