Snettisham mast bid backed by committee

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Controversial plans to build a telecommunications mast, measuring nearly 60 feet high, on a village playing field have been approved by councillors.

The proposals for the site in Sedgeford sparked a furious reaction from some residents in the summer, including accusations that community leaders had mishandled the issue.

But members of the West Norfolk Council planning committee supported the proposal during a meeting in Lynn on Monday.

They accepted the view of officials that the benefits of the installation outweighed the potential harm.

Opponents claimed better sites were available and expressed worries over the potential health implications of the scheme.

But supporters argued the facility was urgently needed to improve phone and internet links in an area well-known for having connection problems.