Council Refuses Permission for Market Place Mast

Planners say 20-metre-high pole would have caused significant harm

Anger Over Plan for 'Monster Mast' in Market Place
Location of the proposed mast from the planning documentation


Anger Over Plan for 'Monster Mast' in Market Place

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Hounslow Council planners have blocked a bid by Vodaphone to build a 20-metre-high mast in Market Place.

There was a significant amount of opposition to the proposal with 41 objections being received to the application.

The structure would have been in front of the Verdict Bakery and three times the height of nearby trees and taller than the Magistrate’s House which fronts onto the square.

It was determined that the proposal would have caused significant harm in a conservation area impacting the appearance of the area and the setting of a heritage asset.

One of the objectors pointed out that the location, in the Butts Conservation Area, went against government advice of siting masts in protected areas.

The mast, which would have had two transmission dishes for the mobile network’s 5G signals, would also have had four cabinets at its base and would have required the removal of some decorative planters and seating in the square.

The need for a mast in this location has arisen because the mobile phone company has been given a Notice to Quit the roof of Goddards where the mast is currently sited. It will now need to find an alternative location in the area for the mast.

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August 12, 2022

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