Bournemouth 5G Mast Refusal
Three's application to build a 5G mast near a Bournemouth retail park has been rejected by BCP Council planning officers.
08:09 07 March 2022
Mobile provider and communications network Three has filed an application to build a 5G mast in Castle Lane to improve mobile coverage in the area.
The plans, which involved asking for permission to install a 20-metre pole and equipment near the Cotswold outdoor shop and removing the existing 15-metre pole, have been officially rejected by BCP Council planning officers.
A letter submitted by the applicant to the council said: "The proposed replacement mast has been sited and designed in order to provide 5G coverage and to support the existing mobile network.
Bournemouth Airport also objected to the proposal until further information could be submitted on the impact the mast oulc have on aviation safety.
A statement submitted on behalf of Bournemouth Airport said: "Bournemouth Airport object to the proposal on the grounds of aviation safety until the results of the IFP assessment are known and it can be proved that there will be no adverse effects on aircraft arriving and departing the airport."
BCP Council's planning department said: "The proposal would enhance site coverage in the rolling out of the new 5G technology, enhancing communications in Bournemouth and has social and economic advantages.
"The application would also be detrimental to highway safety and fails to demonstrate that it would not adversely impact Bournemouth Airport safeguarding criteria. This harm outweighs the merits of the proposal."