West Berkshire 5G Mast Objection
West Berkshire Council rejects recent applications for 5G masts following due to local opposition.
11:48 07 September 2022
West Berkshire Council has rejected proposals to install a 20m high mast at the junction of Shaw Road and Kiln Road in Newbury because it would have a "detrimental impact" on the appearance of local conservation areas and nearby buildings.
The decision follows the government's release of more relaxed planning restrictions in a bid to speed the rollout of 4G and 5G across England. Based on current guidelines, taller and broader masts could be installed without the need for council approval. However, West Berkshire Council still refused applications to avoid the full planning process in Newbury and Purley.
The updated rules also allow the installation of new masts up to 30m in height above ground level on unprotected land, or 25m in a conservation area or site of special scientific interest.
Antony Walls, who also lives locally, opposed the proposed site for a mast close to a nursery and schools." It would seem the position suggested was done purely on company profits and no real evidence has been given for other possible locations," he said.