Plans for a 20m-high mobile phone mast next to Stanningley Fire Station have been refused by Leeds City Council planners.
CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd wanted to put up the mast on Swinnow Lane to provide 5G coverage in and around Swinnow Lane, Stanningley Road, Vermont Street and the Ring Road.
But planners said the proposals would be ‘incongruous and visually overbearing’ to nearby householders. A report refusing the application concluded:
“The mast and associated equipment would be sited on a narrow footpath to the detriment of pedestrian safety and in an area where the residential context begins to form, breaking the light industrial themes south of the site.”
Planners also said the mast would reduce the width a footway that is already of sub-standard width. They concluded:
“This would mean that pedestrians using this route could be required to step out onto the road given the introduction of reduced two-way passing, which would likely result in safety conflicts between pedestrians and motorist.”