Plans for a 17.5 metre tall mobile phone mast at Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club have been submitted by developers.
The Dispatch reported last month that a public consultation on the proposals at the Tofts Road cricket club had met with a mixed reaction from residents.
Developers say the mast will help provide 4G coverage in the town, but a public consultation by planning consultants Pegasus Group drew 21 objections from 23 responses. The remaining two comments were offers of alternative sites at Grangefield Storage, and land behind Prospect Court off Owlcotes Road.
Objections were made on the grounds of:
- Visual impact;
- Perceived health concerns;
- Should not be so close to residential properties;
- The existing mast at the church should be upgraded;
- Inappropriate development for a recreational facility
A planning report accompanying the application said the new mast will replace the existing one currently housed in nearby Pudsey Parish Church and will:
“Maintain network coverage across the Pudsey where coverage will shortly be reduced dramatically through the decommissioning of a nearby existing site.
“The proposed mast and cabinets will be painted dark green to allow the development to blend in with surrounding vegetation which provides a degree of camouflage to the backdrop of the proposal. The mast will have a buried pad foundation, which will have no adverse impact on the adjacent trees.”
There were no responses received from Pudsey councillors Mick Coulson, Josie Jarosz and Richard Lewis, Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew or the Local Planning Authority. The consulted schools and GP surgeries also did not provide any response.
The planning application can be viewed in full here.