PLANS have been drawn up seeking permission to install a mire than 20m-high 5G mast.

Applicants Virgin Media O2 have sent in an application to St Helens Council seeking prior approval for a monopole on land to the back of Southworth Road Service Station, in Newton-le-Willows. 

The plans are for a new 20.7m monopole, mounted with six antennas, one new EFF1 cabinet, two new EFF2e cabinets, one generator and fuel tank located within a compound measuring 6mx6m. Proposals also include for a new EFF1 cabinet and associated ancillary works. at the Southworth Road location.

Warrington Guardian: A stock image of a 5G mastA stock image of a 5G mast (Image: Stock)

A planning statement included in the plans, drawn up by agents Avison Young say: "The proposed works subject to this application are part of the operators’ continuous efforts to improve existing mobile network infrastructure across the country.

"The site is located on greenfield land, with surrounding residential dwellings and commercial properties including a garden centre and a vehicle repair shop. It is approximately 700m north east of Newton-le-Willows train station."

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The statement adds: "It is acknowledged that a new monopole will add an additional vertical structure to the landscape, however a monopole has been selected which is slimmer in profile than a lattice mast.

"This height of the monopole is needed to achieve optimal signal conveyance towards the large target area. The actual location is on a hardstanding therefore no fauna or flora will be impacted by the development.

"It is recognised that the proposed mast height will lead to visibility from wider vantage points however, when taking into account the presence of other street items and the built form around the application site; it is thought that such views are softened as a result.

"In terms of long distance views, the surrounding buildings and trees will offer a degree of screening towards the ground level cabinets and lower portions of the mast".

Plans claim "the proposal is not considered to adversely impact residential amenity as there are no properties immediately adjacent to the site.

"Given the relatively slim profile of the mast and the low height of the equipment housing, the potential for impact is not considered to be detrimentally prominent."

Warrington Guardian: A view of the proposed location from Southworth RoadA view of the proposed location from Southworth Road (Image: Avison Young (St Helens Council Planning Portal))

The statement concludes: "In summary the proposed design is considered to be respectful of the surrounding elements and does not cause detrimental harm to the visual amenity of the immediate environment.

"Overall it is considered that the scheme does not demonstrate substantial harm to the local area or surrounding conservation area, and in any event, it is argued that the public benefits of the proposal would outweigh any perceived harm.

"As the scheme seeks to introduce 5G technologies during a climate where economic recovery is paramount, the public benefits associated with these works cannot be undervalued".

The application is on standard consultation to the public until Wednesday, January 31.

A decision by planning officers is expected by March 2.