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Threat of 5G mast returns to Sea Mills Square

Threat of 5G mast returns to Sea Mills Square

A planning application has again been submitted for a 15 metre 5G mast on Sea Mills Square, just months after a very similar proposal was declined by the Planning Inspector on appeal.

In 2021, Bristol City Council planners rejected plans for a 5G mast and large cabinets on Sea Mills Square. The decision went to appeal with the Planning Inspectorate in Feb 2022 where the mast was also rejected.

CK Hutchinson Networks UK Limited have now submitted another very similar planning application for the square. This is for a 15-metre mast, it’s the same height as the one ultimately rejected by the planning inspector (even though Hutchinson claim it is shorter), but it is slightly slimmer.

Sea Mills and Coombe Dingle Together will be objecting to the proposed siting of the 5G mast on Sea Mills Square because of the effect it will have on the character and appearance of the area. Whilst we recognise the need for 5G in the area and welcome more coverage, we are against the siting of this particular mast, which will be approximately the same height as the Addison Oak (approximately 15 metres tall to the top of the crown).

Last time, hundreds of people objected to the proposed mast, which helped to get the idea rejected. To object this time, comments should be received by 17 October 2022, but if you are reading this after the date it’s still worth following the link to see if comments are still open. We have prepared this simple downloadable guide to help you make your comment and the kind of things you could say. There’s no need to write a long response, a paragraph or two is plenty. 

Comment on the application here
or you can email: development.management@bristol.gov.uk
or write to: Development Management, City Hall, Bristol City Council, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE

For further information, you can also read the previous rejection reports by Bristol City Council and the Planning Inspector

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