Business | Plan for a phone mast in Southampton to replace a previous 5G denial

A telecoms company has been permitted to dig "trial holes" to assess the viability of a new phone mast in the same location where one was previously rejected.

The Raymond Road construction work was permitted by Southampton City Council, according to T-Mobile.

In October, it turned down CK Hutchison Networks' request to erect a 15-meter (49-foot) 5G mast there.

It was decided that it would be an "intrusive structure" in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, the council announced it had received no additional requests to erect a telecoms mast at the site and verified that the construction of one had not been authorized.

It continued by asking T-Mobile for an update on its plans.

The EE mobile network was formerly known as T-Mobile, and CK Hutchinson runs the Three mobile network.

The legislation governing the building of the structures has changed since the plans for a mast were rejected in October, so authorities now have less control over whether or not they may be built.

To hasten the spread of 4G and 5G across England, the government lifted planning restrictions earlier this year.

With the April amendments, "permitted development," or taller and wider phone masts, can be approved without submitting a planning application.

Instead, telecom companies just need to get "prior consent" from a local planning authority in an application.

West Berkshire Council (WBC) resisted the installation of three additional 5G towers last week by rejecting requests for prior consent in Newbury and Purley.

WBC found the new masts would have a bad impact on the neighborhood, was inappropriate color, and posed a risk to road safety in response to local criticism.

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