Arun District Council 5G Mast Objection
Arun District objects to proposed 5G mast in Felpham.
00:44 10 February 2023
Arun District Council has rejected proposals to build a 15metre tall 5G mast tower in a green space in the middle of Leverton Avenue in Felpham because it would damage the area's residential character.
Documents released by the local authority read: “By reason of its siting and appearance within the street scene the proposed telecommunications equipment would appear unduly obtrusive and would result in unacceptable harm upon the amenity and outlook of local residents and would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area in conflict with TEL DM1 of the Arun Local Plan and BT7 of the Felpham Neighbourhood Development Plan.”
More than 90per cent of residents have also voiced their objections against the plans, citing a variety of reasons, including disruption to wildlife and noise and disruption that would be caused by the construction.
Steve Pullen, the Leverton Avenue resident who organised the protests, said: "Nobody’s protesting about 5G technology advancement, it’s more about what you’re doing, where you put it and what the physical price you pay for it is,” he said.
"So, we were pleased that this particular mast, right in the middle of the estate, was cancelled off. On this particular estate, we’ve only got small street lights, we've got mature trees, but they’re not very high, and this thing would have been twice the height of the houses and three times the height of the trees, it would have just towered over everything."