Pudsey phone mast plans refused following opposition

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Mast plans: Littlemoor Gardens, Pudsey. Photo: Google

Plans for a ‘utilitarian’ 55ft tall mobile phone mast on community green space in Pudsey have been rejected by council planners.

CK Hutchinson (UK) Ltd had applied for the pole, which would support six antennas and associated cabinets on the council-owned community green space at Littlemoor Gardens Pudsey.

A petition containing 74 signatures and an additional 26 individual objections received saying the mast would have been unsightly and unacceptable on green space land which is used for recreation.

A planning officer’s report refusing the application stated: “The external appearance of the proposed development, is by the very nature of the installation utilitarian, and it is considered that the bulk and massing of the radio equipment housings, the proportions of the monopole is completely out of keeping in this location, which is designated for protection as open green space.

“The height of the mast bears no relation to the height of the adjacent residential buildings that are predominantly two storey in scale.

“The green contributes significantly to the character of the area and the proposal due to its scale, bulk, design and massing, is not in keeping with the area, and thus the external appearance of the installation as a whole is recommended to be rejected.”

The plans can be viewed in full here.

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