Corby 5G Mast Appeal
North Northamptonshire Council refuses Three's application for a 5G mast in an industrial area of Corby.
09:05 04 November 2021
The Three network has launched an appeal after North Northampshire Council rejected their application to build a 5G mobile phone mast in an industrial area of Corby.
The local council has rejected the proposal, which could see the improvement of 3G, 4G and 5G coverage in the area, because "it will harm the appearance of the street".
Corby currently lags behind neighbours as it does not have 5G coverage yet.
NNC's rejection letter reads: "It is accepted that the site is located within a commercial area with little or no impact on the neighbouring residential properties and the monopole, while being taller than the existing street furniture, will not significantly harm the visual amenity of the street scene.
"However, the installation of the overall communication equipment with associated paving slab on a green verge (green infrastructure) with extensive footprint will result to a significant loss of the green verge, and couple with the bulk and massing of the overall equipment in a prominent location will considerably harm the visual amenity of the street scene and fail to enhance the character and qualities of the local landscape.
"Furthermore, the equipment will be cited at the centre of the green verge adjacent to the pavement, it would be a nuisance to pedestrians especially given its proximity to a lay-by.
"On balance, therefore, it is considered that collectively there are sufficient concerns arising from the proposed siting and appearance of this development to render it unacceptable in these terms and thus harmful to the visual amenity of the area. It is therefore recommended that prior approval be refused for this development."