Plans for an 18m tall 5G mobile phone mast at Dawsons Corner have been refused by council planners – as it would conflict with multi-million pound junction improvements.
Hutchison UK wanted to build the mast on land near the junction of Stanningley Bypass and Bradford Road in a bid to boost signal strength.
But council planners have refused the plans, saying the proposals were acceptable in principle but would conflict with multi-million pound plans to improve traffic flow at the junction.
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Proposals at Dawsons Corner include:
- Creating a new, larger junction, controlled by traffic lights, with better pedestrian and cycle facilities. Providing dedicated lanes for left and right turns will enable traffic to flow more freely.
- Introduce a new westbound bus lane on the Bradford Road approach to the junction, to ensure buses are not affected by day-to-day variation in traffic flows. This will end before the Owlcotes Lane exit from New Pudsey Station.
- Introduce new pedestrian and cycle crossing facilities on all approach roads. A new pedestrian and cycle route will be introduced through the centre of the junction, between Bradford Road (west) and the Ring Road (south), improving links to New Pudsey Station.
The mast plans can be read in full here.