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.
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.
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!
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: email@example.com 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.
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
The proposal for a 20 metre phone mast, cabinets and ancillary equipment on the central reservation on Moreton Road (near the junction with the motorway) has been refused by Wirral’s Planners. The application, made by agents on behalf of Telefonica was totally inappropriate at this location and if it had been approved it would have been a real blot on the landscape. I am delighted that common sense prevailed. Uou can see a copy of the decision notice here.
Having lost the last three planning applications, including two they appealed, O2 and Vodafone (Telefonica) have submitted another application for a telephone mast, cabinets and ancillary equipment, this time on the central reservation on Moreton Road, (close to the M53 spur). Application number: 11/00452.
This time the mast being proposed is 20 metres high with two cabinets and other pieces of equipment. They say they need this permission in case they cannot extend their contract with the lattice mast located close by in Upton Woods? in their accompanying paperwork they say if the do extend their contract on the existing mast they wont erect this mast? Yeh, of course you won’t!
Anyway if you have any cooments to make on this application you can do so by emailing the planning officer dealing with it by clicking HERE