Cwmbran 5G Plan Given Approval
CK Hutchison Networks set to build a 65-foot high 5G mast in Cwmbran after a planning inspector overturns a council decision to reject it.
11:53 25 February 2022
Developer CK Hutchison Networks is to start building a 65-foot 5G mast in Cmwbran after a planning inspector overturns a decision by Torfaen council to refuse permission for the project on Henllys Way in Old Cwmbran.
The proposals were rejected by the council in July due to the possible impact of the mast on residents living nearby and due to worries over its impact on the appearance of the area.
Torfaen council planners said the mast would be “in an overly prominent position” and that it would “detract from the character and appearance of the streetscene”.
A planning inspector’s report said: “It is suggested the height of the proposed mast would be significantly above that of the surrounding buildings, street furniture and vegetation and would be overbearing when viewed from the rear of residential properties on Bellevue Road”.
CK Hutchison Networks then lodged an appeal and argues that the mast was needed to provide 5G in an area with "poor coverage'.
A planning inspector who ruled in favor of CK Hutchison Networks said: “Although the upper section of the monopole would be visible above the existing tree belt, I am conscious that the height of the mast together with the angle at which it would be viewed from the rear of Bellvue Road and its grey finish would ensure that the structure would not be a visually prominent feature in the skyline,”
“As such, I do not consider that the proposed development would appear oppressive or overbearing when viewed from the nearby residential properties.”