phone masts refused
have turned down applications for four mobile phone masts in Wimbledon
the meeting on March 19th the planning committee was considering
applications from phone giants Orange to site masts in Inner Park
Road, Keevil Drive and Victoria Drive. The masts are all designed
to look like lamp columns.
guidance states that councillors should not reject schemes on
health grounds - they should only consider siting and design issues.
committee refused the mast planned for Inner Park Road next to
St Paul's Church on the grounds that it would spoil the views
of this Grade 2* listed building. The installation had been opposed
by 93 local residents backed by a petition containing a further
also turned down one in Keevil Drive at the junction with Princes
Way. This would be positioned on a narrow pavement and would obstruct
pedestrians particularly those with prams or wheelchair users.
other masts - outside the Jenny Lind pub in Inner Park Road and
at the junction of Victoria Drive and Windlesham Grove - were
also turned down for similar reasons.
committee was told that more than three quarters of all appeal
decisions nationally since January 2000 had gone in favour of
the mobile phone companies. The figure of 76 per cent compares
with an average rate for decisions overturned on appeal of 40
per cent. Of
the 108 appeals dismissed only 7 were ruled out on health grounds.
in Putney await the decision by the committee for the proposed
masts for Orange on the Upper Richmond
Rd - they can but hope that this will also be turned down.
regarding two planning proposals
technical reports required re Egliston Lawns proposal
residents comment on the Orange Transmitter