A National company's application to erect a 40ft telecomrnunications
mast in Stratford is being recommended for approval by district
council planning officers tonight (Thursday) in the face of protests
from 71 local residents, writes Glare Semke.
Hutchison 3G (UK) Ltd plans to erect a tetra mast at the Junction
between Evesham Road and Halford Road. Concerns raised among
residents include the potential damage to health, harm to the
appearance of the area, road safety and the interference to domestic
appliances. A petition containing 41 signatures has already been
submitted to Stratford District Council along with 30 letters and
e-mails objecting to the proposal.
But appeals against past court decisions regarding the erection of
tetra masts indicate health concerns are not sufficient grounds on
which to refuse permission.
A letter submitted to the district council from Stratford MP John
Maples states the site is completely unsuitable and would set a
precedent for similar applications in the future.
The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) also strongly
opposes the proposal.
If the application is given the go-ahead, the radio base station will
consist of a monopole which will house three antennas, radio
equipment housing and ancillary development.
Four other potential sites have already been investigated by
Hutchison 3G so far. These include the Salmon Tail pub on Evesham
Road and Bridgend service station. Permission was refused in both
instances. The builder's yard off Evesham Road and the Territorial
Army centre were also rejected.
The Avon area planning committee is expected to grant approval on the
condition that the monopole, antennas and equipment housing should be
painted and approved by the district planning authority before they
become fully functional.
The applicants claim the site is part of a roll-out of Hutchisons 3G
mobile telecommunications network. A condition in the company's
licence stipulates Hutchison 3G must provide coverage to 80 per cent
of the UK's population by 2007.
The committee is due to decide the application at its meeting tonight.