‘Overly dominant’ Pudsey mobile phone mast plan refused

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The mast would have been installed on this grassed area on Waterloo Road in Pudsey. Photo: Google

Council planners have refused planning permission for an ‘overly dominant’ 15m-high mast on a small grass verge in Pudsey.

Applicant CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd had wanted to put up a 5G phone mast and additional equipment cabinets on the verge off Waterloo Road – just two months after a proposal for a 17m-high mast was refused at the site.

But Leeds City Council’s planning department have refused the application, saying the visual harm caused by the mast would outweigh the 5G capacities on offer.

A council report concluded: “It is considered that the proposed siting of the development would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the immediate location by virtue of the equipment’s size, design and overly dominant appearance on a small and intimate area of grass verge, that has public value in terms of its visual appearance.”

In October 2021 planners refused permission for an 18-metre high phone mast at nearby Uppermoor after con corns were expressed by residents and councillors. Council planners last month also refused planning permission for a 55ft-tall ‘utilitarian’ phone mast at Littlemoor Gardens following local opposition.

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