Peterborough 5G Mast Go Ahead
Proposals to install a 5G mast in Birch Grove expected to be approved by local council.
10:02 13 April 2021
Hutchinson UK’s proposals to build an 18 metre mast at Birch Grove is expected to be approved by South Holland District Council’s planning committee despite objections from residents and South Holland MP Sir John Hayes. Residents have raised concerns over the health implications of radio frequency fields in people’s mental health.
In their application, Hutchinson UK said that there is a need to upgrade the UK H3G (Three) network to provide improved coverage and capacity in the area. The planning documents read: “The site selection process has also been influenced by the numerous vertical elements of street furniture distributed around the vicinity of the site, including street lighting columns.
“The height of the pole has been kept down to the absolute minimum capable of providing the required essential new 5G coverage.”
Mr Hayes, who objected to the Birch Grove application, said: “I share my constituents view that the mast (Wygate) is completely out of character with the surrounding area, which is predominantly residential and green open space.
“This mast will be an incongruous structure blighting the landscape, causing loss of amenity to the neighbouring properties and beyond.”
“My constituents have also raised concerns about the health implications of this mast, not only from any potential exposure to radio frequency fields, but the impact on their mental health of having a pole situated nearby.”