New 5G Mast Planned for Plymouth
A 15m 5G mast could soon be built near High View School in Torridge Way in Efford.
04:31 09 December 2022
A new 15m high 5G mast has been approved by Plymouth local council. The scheme, which is part of the latest list of new plans for the city, would see the tower built near High View School in Torridge Way in Efford.
The proposal was brought forward by CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd. Based on the application documents filed to the planning committee, the 15m street pole will include additional cabinets and would improve network coverage and 5G capacity in the area.
A statement submitted with the application to Plymouth City Council reads: “In this location, existing mast sites are not capable of supporting additional equipment compliment to extend coverage reach across the target area and prospective ‘in-fill’ mast sites are extremely limited. There is an acute need for a new base station to provide effective service coverage and in this case, the height of the proposed street pole is the minimum required to bring the benefits of 5G to this area.”
“The proposed location of a new mast shown above will assimilate well into the immediate street scene and not be detrimental. The proposed site option is considered the best available compromise between extending 5G service across the target ‘coverage hole’.
“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.”