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Residents urged to fight North Wootton phone mast bid

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A campaign has been launched against plans to site a mobile phone mast, which could be at least 75 feet high, in a village park near Lynn.

Telefonica UK Limited, which owns O2, is seeking consent for the installation in Wootton Park, North Wootton.

Residents are being urged to fight plans to site a mobile phone mast in Wootton Park
Residents are being urged to fight plans to site a mobile phone mast in Wootton Park

But leaflets have been delivered to nearby homes urging residents to object to the idea.

And community leaders have warned the development could even be a target for vandalism if it gets the go-ahead.

Documents submitted to West Norfolk Council by Telefonica’s planning agents, Sinclair Dalby Ltd, say the application is seeking a decision on whether “prior approval” will be needed for the proposed siting and appearance of the mast.

The papers say that a lattice mast of up to 25 metres in height is proposed, which would support six antennas and two microwave dishes. Three equipment cabinets and fencing are also planned.

The agents said: “The application is identified as the most suitable option that balances operational need with local planning policies and national policy guidance.

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

They also insist it will not cause significant interference to other electrical equipment or air traffic control systems.

But opponents say the mast would be too close to a children’s play area and the North Wootton Academy, as well as nearby homes if the application is approved.

Leaflets, which have been circulated around the area in the past few days, are calling on residents to write to the borough council’s planning department by next Friday, April 5, to raise concerns.

The document claimed the development would be a “blight” on the area if it was given the go-ahead.

It added: “Over the past 30 years, the custodians of the park have created a wonderful countryside feel to the park.

“Placing a 25 metre industrial structure, such as a phone mast, with at least 10 metres clearly visible over the tree line will permanently damage the area.”

The application is also being opposed by North Wootton’s parish council, which argues it would be out of keeping with the surroundings and a potential target for troublemakers.

In a letter to the borough council, parish clerk Rachel Curtis said: “Unfortunately the park has recently become a draw for anti-social behaviour, an area which the parish council is working closely with the police to combat.

“There is concern that the compound and mast construction would become another target.”

She added that the authority also felt there was insufficient space to accommodate the development.

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