Mansfield 5G Mast Considered, "Overly Dominant"
Councillors may reject CK Hutchison Network's proposal to build an “overly-dominant” 18-metre mast in Mansfield.
12:11 23 August 2022
Telecommunications company CK Hutchison Network is looking at getting its proposal to build an 18-metre-high 5G phone mast in Mansfield rejected by the local council over fears that it would pose an "overly dominant" threat to the area's character.
A spokesperson for the council’s planning department said: “The 18-metre high monopole would materially harm the visual amenity of the locality by virtue of its excessive height, inappropriate siting and unsympathetic design.
“It would form an overly dominant feature in the street scene that would result in harm to the character and appearance of the area.”
Based on the proposals submitted by the company, the plan was to build the mast on the A60 Nottingham Road, south of the junction with Forest Road, with a goal to address the "acute need" for a new mast due to "limited coverage".
Statements from the company said: “[The] new mast would assimilate well into the immediate street scene and not be detrimental.
“The design of the proposed antenna and ground-based cabinets is considered to be the least visually intrusive option available.
“Whilst it is accepted that there will be a localised visual increase through the installation of additional apparatus, it is considered that this will not overly detract from the character of the existing streetscape.”