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Developers make fresh bid for phone mast in Wootton Park

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New proposals have been submitted to site a phone mast, which could be more than 75 feet high, in a village park near Lynn.

A similar scheme for land in Wootton Park, North Wootton was rejected by West Norfolk Council two years ago.

But despite strong local opposition to that proposal, developers Cornerstone insist their plan would be a boost to the area, if it gets the go-ahead.

New plans to install a phone mast in Wootton Park have been submitted.
New plans to install a phone mast in Wootton Park have been submitted.

Documents submitted to the authority said: "The mast is proposed to provide new technologies to North Wootton, an area which currently has poor coverage levels and which would significantly benefit from the provision of new coverage."

The new application proposes the installation of a 25.2 metre tower with three antennas and one dish, plus four cabinets, a fenced compound and other associated equipment.

The borough council rejected a similar proposal in April 2019, ruling that it breached planning policy guidelines because of visual harm to the area and its location in a high risk area for surface water flooding.

It also said insufficient information had been provided to assess the potential impact on trees in the area.

But Cornerstone says the new application offers a slightly revised location and a full tree assessment showing the site would retain its "principal arboreal features with a good spatial relationship".

However, North Wootton's parish council has signalled its intention to object to the proposal following a meeting earlier this month.

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