Mast Attack!

In the last couple of days I have received two pre-application consultation documents from MONO Consultants acting on behalf of Vodafone and O2, both relating to the installation of Masts and ancillary equipment, one on Saughall Massie Road (location depicted below) and today for a mast on Hoylake Road at the Shell Garage site.      

Thats around six applications for masts in Moreton over the last 12 months, up to now only one has been approved!

While these are not planning applications, it is usual for a pre-app consultation to be followed within a couple of weeks with a planning application, regardless of any comments made.     Watch this space.

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NO NO Mono!

Readers of the blog and the wider community will be aware of the latest planning application for a mobile telephone mast on Saughall Massie Road close to the junction with Kingfisher Way.   Read more on that HERE.

Many local residents wrote letters and emails of objection and with our help collected a petition of over 100 signatures.   I was delighted to learn this evening that Planning Officers have recommended refusal and as such I have put the application back into delegation to allow them to send out the refusal notice immediately.      You can read the refusal notice by clicking HERE.

Sadly i believe the applicant will appeal the decision.  If they do I am sure local residents will fight that appeal just as hard as they fought the application.

Let Battle Commence…. Again!

Chris at the proposed location

As I predicted, despite opposition at the pre-app consultation stage, Mono consultants on behalf of Voadafone and Telefonica have submitted a planning application for a telephone mast and ancillary equipment on Saughall Massie Road, close to the junction with Kingfisher Way.

Some people think I am anti mast, nothing could be further from the truth, like millions of people I rely on a mobile phone signal, however I am opposed to installations at what are clearly innappropriate locations, and this application is for just that.

This is a densely populated area, with lots of sheltered accommodation and a residential home close by, its on a main route and close to a bus stop.   I have already had calls from local residents, all absolutely appalled at this application, objections are flooding in and a petition has already been started.    I, along with my colleagues, Cllr Steve Williams and Cllr Simon Mountney am happy to support residents in opposing the application.

Should you wish to support or oppose this application you can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer who is dealing with this application, Neil Williams.     Neil can be emailed: neilwilliams@wirral.gov.uk, Telephone: 0151 606 2138, or by writing to him at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND ensuring you quote application number: ANT/11/01359.  All representations need to be submitted by the 8th December, 2011.

Another Telephone Mast Planning Application is On Its Way!

After submitting an application for a mast and equipment on Hoylake Road by Tesco Express, Mono Consultants, on behalf of Vodafone and Telefonica  have now notified me of a Pre-Application consultation for a Mast and Equipment on the grass verge on Saughall Massie Road, close to the junction with Kingfisher Way, Pre-App is normally followed within two weeks with a full planning application.

This is yet another (in my opinion) inappropriate location – As soon as the full app is in I will notify local residents, if they wish to object they will of course have my full support!

Another Telephone Mast Application!

Vodafone UK has submitted yet another planning application, via their agents, Mono Consultants to install a telephone mast, equipment cabinet and electrical meter pillar on the Pavement North of Hoylake Road, Outside Tesco Express, Moreton, Wirral CH46 6DG.  Application number: ANT/11/01235.  

If people wish to support or oppose this application they can do so by contacting the Council’s Planning Officer who is dealing with this application, Alexandra McDougall.   Alexandra can be emailed: alexandramcdougall@wirral.gov.uk  or Telephone: 0151 606 2218, or by writing to her at Cheshire Lines Building, Canning Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1ND ensuring you quote application number: ANT/11/01235.    All representations need to be submitted by the 7th November, 2011.

Whilst I recognise that we all use mobile phones so creating the need for more masts, I have always maintained they should be sited in appropriate locations.    Like previous applications by Vodafone and O2 I do not believe that this location is appropriate and I have made my views known to the planning officer dealing with the application.

The area that the application is proposed for is a paved and open grassed area to the front of Tesco Express on Hoylake Road, directly opposite residential and commercial properties and very close to a busy junction with Millhouse Lane and Saughall Road.   There are many  residential properties very close by in Hoylake Road,  Millhouse Lane, Saughall Road, The Paddock, Coppice Grange, Carr Gate, Broster Avenue, Amberley Close and Amberley Avenue etc.   The grassed area currently has a telephone pole, two trees, and road signage but still offers good sight lines to the junction.    I believe if approved that the proposed development would form a visually obtrusive feature by reason of its siting, size and design and it would result in an unacceptable level of roadside clutter which the Local Planning Authority considers would be detrimental to the general character of the street scene.

The Inspector he says NO

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

Vodafone Clearly Don’t Like The Word NO!

Readers will be aware that back in February Wirral’s Planning Officers refused a planning application made by Vodafone for a telephone mast, cabinet and ancillary equipment in Holt Avenue close to its junction with Hoylake Road.     I have just heard that Vodafone have now submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate who are based in Bristol, asking them to overturn the refusal notice issued by the Council.

I have already written to the Inspector asking that he uphold the Councils original refusal decision for the reasons they gave.   If anyone wishes to oppose this appeal they can do so by writing (in triplicate) to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/18A Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, ensuring you quote ref: APP/W4325/A/11/2153398.   All representations must be submitted and with the Inspectorate by 13th July, 2011