A revised plan for a 5G mobile phone pole near a popular beauty spot in Birmingham has been labeled a “monster pole” as it faces new opposition. CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd, owner of the Three mobile network, has unveiled a new plan for a 5G telecoms mast on the edge of Sutton Park on Monmouth Drive in Sutton Coldfield.

The proposed site is on a grassy edge, near the entrance to the Boldmere Golf Course, and just above facing the junction of Monmouth Drive and Melrose Avenue. The location is on the road side of the golf course, near the course clubhouse, and within a space between trees.

The company had previously applied for permission for a 20-meter 5G mast, including three equipment cabinets, at the same location last October. That proposal received 107 objections, including from residents, councilors and Royal Sutton Coldfield City Council, along with more than 50 signing a petition, with only one letter of support.

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And that plan was scrapped by Birmingham City Council planners. Planning Director Ian MacLeod said in a decision notice: “By virtue of appearance and location, the proposal would adversely affect the visual appearance and significance of a designated heritage asset (Registered Historic Park and Garden), consisting of in a medieval Deer Park within Grade II Sutton Park.”

AND “The proposed development for reasons of its appearance and location would appear to be a dominant and incongruous feature within the street scene that would be detrimental to the character and appearance of the area and the outlook of the 123 and 125 Monmouth Drive homes.”

The decision notice also criticized the mobile giant for providing insufficient evidence to show that there were “no potential suitable alternative sites available in less sensitive locations” for the mast and equipment.


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