MP’s and members of House of Lords comments to mast applications

This list could be helpful in showing how influence can be used where there is a will ! Also therefore how the planning system should work better, re the EECC challenge, to properly risk assess and represent objectors rights. It could also be useful to share when councillors say they can’t help or make a comment. The EECC challenge directly addresses reliance on NPPF.

Matt Warman MP for Boston & Skegness

 Matt Warman MP posted on facebook date: 6 September 2023

This intervention raises an important issue. If the planning process is indeed of such importance locally, such that Ministers can weigh in, then the councils must be empowered to require rational and comprehensive risk assessments from applicants and not lazily presume that an ICNIRP certificate demonstrates compatible use.

An update on 5G in Wrangle.

Over the summer, a number of residents contacted me about their concerns over a proposed 5G Mast in Wrangle, and many more attended a public meeting I convened in the Village Hall. I have contacted those people who signed up to be kept up to date on this issue, directly. 

In the course of that meeting, the vast majority of people expressed their desire to see improved mobile coverage in the village and across the county, and shared the ambition I pursued as a minister to see this happen rapidly. As I said then, I am confident this technology is being safely deployed in the UK, as it is being around the world as well.

It is, however, also the case that the positioning of masts is an emotive topic, and in order to maintain public confidence it’s important that networks get these decisions right. I am pleased that following my intervention, the Chief Executive of Three has agreed not to proceed with the proposed mast outside Wrangle Primary School, and has now committed to exploring other more suitable sites in the local area. While this may take some time, I will encourage the company to do so as rapidly as possible.

As always, my priority is to listen to and represent the views of my constituents and I’m glad to have been able to ensure action was taken in this case.”

Link to planning application:

Luke Pollard MP for Plymouth, Sutton & Devonport area of Plymouth

Here is the letter of objection he wrote.

local paper article and at refusal

The refusal decision included: “The proposed development would have an unacceptable and harmful impact on the outlook of the occupants of that property, which would fail to safeguard their health, including mental health, and their amenity.”

Matt Rodda MP for Reading East  

A 20 metre telecoms mast and additional equipment cabinets on Caversham Park Road in Reading.  Went to Appeal APP/E0345/W/23/3319651 awaiting decision 

Local paper

Planning Link

Wera Hobhouse Bath MP

Lord Trefgarne objected to 15m pole close to where he lives.  Kettlewell Hill, Horsell, Woking GU21 4JA

His letter:

Link to planning application:

Sir Peter Bottomley MP for Worthing West

Facebook post 6 July 2021: 𝗦𝗮𝗹𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗽𝗵𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗽𝗼𝘀𝗮𝗹:

I credit Cllr Richard Nowak, Salvington, for getting together with local residents to prevent the installation of an ‘eye-sore’ telephone mast at the side of the A27 overshadowing nearby bungalows.

We can welcome much needed digital infrastructure improvement across Worthing and Arun but proposals should be sympathetic and appropriate for the intended location. Proposers should always consider local residents when drafting plans. I support utilizing and improving already in situ infrastructure rather than littering our communities with masts and pillars.

I say to Government: listen to local councillors. They know the local area, they know the local residents and they know the local problems. This isn’t party politics, this is public representation. It’s about providing decent services to local people.”

Sarah Warren – Liberal Democrat Councillor for Bathavon North Ward

“Dear Development Management – Kevin and I, as the ward councillors, would like to request that the application numbered above, for a telecommunications mast in Charlcombe Parish, be brought to Planning Committee if the officers are minded to approve the application. There is significant local concern about the application on grounds not only of Its appearance in the World Heritage Site, but also around possible health implications of the roll out of 5G. Many thanks.”

Cllr Lorraine Francis – Bristol

“I would like to discuss this issue with planning, in more detail because there are concerns regarding the location of the proposed mast. The mast could potentially impact on the local infrastructure for the residents. Whilst I am unable to quantify objections regarding the masts impact on the health of the residents, I do feel that a proper consultation is required. Residents say that this type of mast has been rejected previously, so there must be a reason for this.”