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'We must stand with our residents', says parish council as Wootton Park phone mast objection published

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A proposed phone mast in a village park near Lynn would be unsuitable for the area and a potential target for vandalism, community leaders have warned.

Plans for a tower, measuring more than 75 feet in height, are back on the agenda for Wootton Park, more than two years after a similar scheme was rejected.

And a newly published response from North Wootton's parish council says its stance hasn't changed since the last proposal was brought forward.

General View of Wootton Park. (38074049)
General View of Wootton Park. (38074049)

The authority voted to object to the proposal at its latest meeting earlier this month.

And its response, which has now been published on the borough council's planning website, said: "The area of land is in a residential area and is not suitable for telecoms".

"Residents will overlook the mast and have expressed concerns to us and as a Parish Council we must support the concerns of those residents."

Developers Cornerstone insist they have addressed the issues which saw the original mast proposal turned down by West Norfolk Council in 2019.

They claim the site of the mast has been changed and a study submitted as part of the new application showed no trees would need to be cut down as a result of the development.

A letter submitted to the council by their planning agents, Sinclair Dalby, said: "The application is identified as the most suitable site option and design that balances operational need with local planning policies and national planning policy guidance.

"It will deliver public benefit in terms of the mobile services it will provide."

But the parish council argued: "A telecom mast would not be in keeping with the vision of the Wootton Park Committee who work to make this area a pleasant space for residents to enjoy."

They added that, while they are working with police to tackle the issue, the park had "become a draw for anti-social behaviour".

The letter concluded: "There is concern that the compound and mast construction would become a target for vandalism."

Although only a few public comments have been published on the new application, opinion has so far been evenly split between supporters, who say the development is necessary to improve reception, and objectors who believe it would be too close to existing community facilities.

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