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

Vodafone Submit Appeal!

Earlier this year Wirral Council Planning Officers refused an application for the Installation of a 15M High Saturn 411T Replica Telegraph Pole, Housing 6NO. 3GAntennas and 1 Radio Equipment Cabinet and 1 Electrical Meter Cabinet, on land at the Footpath on the Southern Side of Saughall Massie Road, Moreton, Wirral CH46 5ND.

Vodafone, clearly upset by the decision have utilised their right to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in the hope that the decision will be overturned

When the Planning Officers considered the application they deemed that the application should be refused for the following reasons: 

  1. The proposed development constitutes inappropriate development within the Green Belt and there has been insufficient very special circumstances demonstrated. The proposal is therefore unacceptable in terms of Policy GB2 of Wirral’s Unitary Development Plan.
  2. The proposal is unacceptable by reason of its impact on the openness of the Green Belt by virtue of its scale and siting. The proposal is therefore unacceptable in terms of Policy GB2 of Wirral’s Unitary Development Plan

I believe that the decision made by professional Planning Officers was reasoned and valid.  I have therefore written to the Planning Inspectorate asking that they dismiss the appeal. 

If others wish to write to the Planning Inspectorate they can do so by writing to them by  6th July, 2011 at:   Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/18A Wing,Temple Quay House, 2 The Square,Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN, ensuring you quote:  DETR Appeal Reference: APP/W4325/A/11/2153135, all letters to be sent in triplicate

REFUSED – Victory for People Power

Cllr Steve Williams at the application site

Readers of the blog and the wider Moreton Community will be aware that Mono Consultants had submitted a planning application for a 15 metre telephone mast, cabinet and ancillary equipment to be sited in Holt Avenue close to its junction with Hoylake Road.    Local residents , supported by us, immediately sprang into action and wrote letters to Wirral’s Planning Officers, as well as collecting a petition of over 200 signatures  all opposing the application. 

We are delighted to tell you that as a result of this opposition, the Planning Officer dealing with the application has told us that he will be informing the applicants that the application will be REFUSED.   We have therefore agreed that the application can be dealt with under delegated authority, which means that it does not have to go to Wirral’s Planning Committee to be determined.  The applicant does have the right to appeal to the Planning Inspectorate and they have six months in which to submit any appeal.   Should that happen, we will of course inform you of that. 

Thanks to everyone who wrote letters of objection, those who signed the petition, as well as those who helped put the petition together.   This refusal is a testament to your efforts.

Huge Opposition to Telephone Mast Application!

Readers of the blog and the wider community will be aware of the planning application submitted by Mono Consultants on behalf of O2 and Vodafone for a 15 metre mast, cabinet and ancillary equipment on the pavement in Holt Avenue, close to the junction with Hoylake Road.  

As well as residents submitting letters of objection, I have today submitted (electronically) a petition to Wirral’s Planning Department with over 200 signatures from 184 households all objecting to the application.   

It’s not too late for you to object you have right up to the day of the likely committee hearing which is the 8th March.     You can do that by contacting Wirral’s Planning Department at Cheshire Lines Building Canning Street, Birkenhead or via email by clicking HERE.    Please ensure you quote the application number, ANT/11/00113

Vodafone and O2 Apply for Telephone Mast in Holt Avenue!

Mono Consultants, acting on behalf of Vodafone and O2 have submitted a planning application for the Installation of a Cu phoslo Mk3 shared vodafone and o2 street pole radio base station (15m high), housing 6no 3G antennas with a 480mm GRP shroud on the Pavement at the junction of Holt Avenue and Hoylake road, Moreton, Wirral CH46 6AJ.    Oh and There will also be 1no. radio equipment cabinet and 1no electrical meter cabinet.   Application number: ANT/11/00113.

If you want to sign the petition of objection then you can by calling into the ‘Nutty Butty’ on Hoylake Road (opposite Holt Avenue)

As well as signing the petition we would also urge people to object this application.  You can that by contacting Wirral’s Planning Department at Cheshire Lines Building Canning Street, Birkenhead or via email by clicking HERE.   All objections/representations need to be submitted by 28 February.   Please ensure you quote the application number when making your representation.

Two Down – Not a Good Day for Vodafone or O2

Readers of the blog and the wider Moreton Community will be aware that last year Wirral’s Planners refused permission for a Telephone Mast on Town Meadow Lane, near to Linear Park.       Vodafone and O2 the operators were not happy with that decision and lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.

Local residents supported by me, Steve and Simon set about submitting a petition, lodging letters of objection and making the inspector aware that it would be wrong to overturn Wirral Planners decision.

I am therefore delighted that I have been notified that the Planning Inspector has dismissed the appeal and told Vodafone and O2 that a mast at this location was inappropriate.    You can read the Insectors report by clicking HERE.

Seems with Saughall Massie Road refusal, and now Town Meadow Lane, that its not a good day for Vodafone or O2.     I have just learned that they have now submitted an application for Holt Avenue.    Lets hope we eventually get a hat trick of refusals!

Telephone Mast, Saughall Massie Road, REFUSED

Readers of the blog will be aware of the application for a telephone mast on Saughall Massie Road.  This is the second application by the operator at this site.  I am delighted to say that following the refusal last year, that planning officers have refused for a second time their latest application.  Makes you wonder what part of NO they don’t understand.   You can read the refusal notice by clicking HERE