Vodafone plans phone mast close to our school

Mobile phone network Vodafone has submitted a planning application to install a 10 metre phone mast less than 100 metres from the school (50 metres from Radbrook Surgery) on the verge of Bank Farm Road between the new puffin crossing and the steps leading to the shoppers’ car park. In addition to the health and safety concerns, there are already 5 phone masts less than 500 metres from the school on Nobold Lane, one of which belongs to Vodafone. Therefore, the PAF Committee believes there can be no justification for another mast, especially one so close to the school, and we are actively opposing Vodafone’s plans.

If, like us, you are unhappy about Vodafone’s plans, please send your objections in writing to: Planning Department, Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council, The Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, SY3 8HQ, quoting 08/1071/MAS. Or call SABC on 01743 281000, or e-mail SABC at planningdevelopmentcontrol@shrewsbury.gov.uk

Thursday, 2 October is the deadline for submitting your objections, so please act now!

Click here to see the planning application online and submit your comments.

Vodafone is using agents Mono Consultants to handle their application, so you may also want to send them a copy of your comments. Write to Mono Consultants Ltd., 96-98 King Street, London W6 0QW.

Vodafone submitted a similar application in 2006 that was publicly opposed by the school and local residents and the application was not approved.

It is regrettable that Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council has failed to inform Radbrook Primary School parents about Vodafone’s plans.

Update: Vodaphone appeals

Vodafone has lodged an appeal with the Secretary of State in respect of the installation of a 10m mast to support 3 no shrouded antennas and 1 equipment cabinet and associated development at a site near the shopping centre on Bank Farm Road. For further information on the appeal contact Mrs J Salter, Technical Officer – Planning, at The Guildhall on 01743 281378. You can also see details of the appeal on the SABC website. Residents who submitted comments following the original application for planning permission have already received letters about this, stating that anyone wishing to change or modify their comments must do so by 13 February.

Update: planning application refused

Vodafone’s planning application was refused by Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Planning Department on 14 October 2008. This is great news and we’d like to thank everyone who voiced their concerns.

The application was refused for the following reasons:

“Prior approval is required and Prior Approval is Refused as in the opinion of the Local Planning Authority the proposed siting of the mast will be detrimental to the visual amenities of the area and sited in an area with a high concentration of vulnerable groups (including school children, elderly care home residents and patients visiting the medical centre) and the siting of the mast would heighten health concerns.”

Click here to view the Decision Notice.


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