Chesterfield Council Rejects 5G Mast
Three's application for a 5G mast in Spital Lane, Chesterfield, has beeen rejected by the local council.
06:50 03 November 2021
The Chesterfield Borough Council's Planning Committee has voted unanimously to reject an application for a 20-metre 5G mast on Spital Lane.
The proposal, which was submitted by mobile phone network Three, would have involved clearing a small area of woodland and pulling down several trees by the side of the road to make way for the mast.
Paul Staniforth, the local authority's development management and conservation manager, said: "It [the mast] will be very visible because it will be twice the height of the trees at the end of the street,"
He added that the mast would detract from a Grade II-listed barn on Spital Lane "taking the eye away from what is an attractive heritage asset."
Around 380 residents have signed the petition against the plan due to the 5G mast's potential health risks.
However, a report into the application stated: "There is no reliable evidence to date that exposure to the electromagnetic radiation associated with mobile phones and similar technologies can lead to a significant health risk."