LB Hounslow rejects ‘monster mast’ in Brentford

Image above: diagram showing proposed location of the mast; via Cornerstone

Mast would have impacted conservation area, say council planners

Plans to construct a 20-metre-high 5G mast in Brentford’s Market Place have been blocked.

Hounslow Council planners received an application from Vodafone earlier this year to build a 5G mast in front of the Verdict Bakery. It would have been 20 metres high, with two transmission dishes for 5G signals and four electrical cabinets at its base.

The mast would have been approximately three times the height of nearby trees, receiving 41 objections on the proposal. It would also have been taller than Magistrate’s House, which fronts onto the square.

Planners decided the mast would cause significant harm to the Butts Conservation Area and would impact the setting of a heritage asset. Government advice maintains these masts should not be placed in protected areas.

Vodafone say a mast is needed at this site after they were given a notice to quit the roof of Goddards where their current mast is seated. They have yet to propose an alternative site.

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