Stafford councillors reject phone mast plan near Baswich church

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Example of a phone mastA controversial plan to build a 50ft high mobile phone mast near an historic church in Stafford has been thrown out by councillors.

Residents and church officials objected to the plan on Baswich Lane by the car park at Baswich Holy Trinity Church and its church hall.

Plans were put forward by ‘Everything Everywhere and Hutchinson 3G UK Ltd’ to boost service because another mast at the former police headquarters in Baswich is going to be decommissioned and removed.

But many residents were angry at the proposals because of its visual impact, traffic issues and possible health and safety concerns.

Reverend Peter Graysmith, of Baswich Holy Trinity Church, said: “We just did not want a great big monopole outside our church. It would have been unsightly.”

Councillors on Stafford Borough Council planning committee agreed there had been a lack of planning in deciding where to put the monopole.

Cllr Michael Heenan, of the Weeping Cross ward, said: “In view of other recent applications, and that there are understood to be further applications in the pipeline for the Baswich area, an overall policy should be developed rather than a piecemeal approach, to protect the street scene of the whole area.”

There have been five applications for phone masts in the area in recent months. Two have been permitted, one allowed after an appeal was upheld, and another was rejected for the Baswich area in Stafford

Cllr Paul James Trainor said: “The application is inappropriate.”

The committee voted against the proposed application. It was agreed there were better sites available where the phone mast could be built which are yet to be fully discussed.

(pic courtesy of David Dixon, Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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