Early this year Vodafone applied for planning permission to erect a mast and ancillary equipment in Holt Avenue a residential area, I was happy to support local residents in opposing the application. Wirral’s Planning Committee refused the application. As expected Vodafone appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in the hope of having the Councils decision overturned.
I was delighted to receive a letter from the planning inspector today informing me that he had dismissed the appeal by Vodafone stating that in his opinion that the proposed mast would be seen as a visually obtrusive addition to the local streetscene that would materially harm the character and appearance of the local area.
Now before anyone kicks off, yes I know we need masts in order to service the growing number of mobile phone users and the need to increase capacity on 3g coverage and I don’t have a problem with that, however the masts must be located in appropriate locations, and clearly this location is not and will never be appropriate.
Surely now after two planning applications at this location, two planning refusals and two lost appeals the telecommunication companies must have got the message? I suppose only time will tell