Phone mast goes to appeal

new battle over three masts on the Spencer Arms

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Residents face a fresh battle in their bid to prevent a mobile phone company from erecting three masts on the roof of a Putney pub.

The planning application committee had turned down the application, by phone giant T Mobile, at its meeting in December 2005.

Councillors had been concerned at the impact of the antennae, sited at the Spencer Arms public house, on the Putney Common Conservation Area.

Now, following an appeal by the company, the council’s decision will be reviewed by a Government planning inspector.

The original application had attracted 180 objections from local residents concerned about the health risk and the impact of the new structure in a conservation area.

Two of the antennae would have been set within a false chimney made of glass reinforced plastic. The third would have been erected inside a dummy soil pipe.

Residents who objected previously will not have to make any fresh submissions. People who did not comment last December can do this direct to the inspector The email address is The reference number for the case is: APP/H5960/A/06/2011986/NWF. The last day for comments is May 18.

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May 11, 2006