Refusal of Great Sankey 5G Mast
Proposals for a 5G mast in Great Sankey has been rejected by planning officers due to its close proximity to homes.
18:17 02 July 2021
Warrington Borough Council's planning department has rejected proposals to build a 5G mast in Great Sankey due to its close proximity to homes and because it would 'result in significant harm to the visual amenity of the surrounding residential occupiers'.
WHP Telecoms, which filed the application on behalf of EE and Hutchinson UK, said that the mast 'would facilitate significantly improved 5G' connectivity and was required due to acute capacity issues.
One of the residents have dismissed the applicator's claims and said: “Not too sure whether this is a genuine attempt for planning by the telecoms company or a speculative roll of the dice.
“Surely they are not seriously considering putting this antenna right outside the front windows of our properties?
“While I can’t see an actual photo of the proposed antenna in the plans, there is a diagram, and this clearly shows that this structure would be an eyesore, looking nothing like the existing furniture.”
Another resident said: “While I totally understand the need to expand the network, this location has clearly been chosen for financial reasons, with no thought for the local residents who will have to see this mast out of their front windows every day.
“I am also concerned about the devaluing of our property. I personally would not buy a house, next to an RF mast, let alone a house with one right outside the front window.
“I am not suggesting that this will make my house unsellable, however it certainly will put some buyers off, and will most defiantly de-value our property.”