The search for 5G sites in and around Cricket Green has been a difficult one. Proposals for the entrance to Park Place and by the Parish Church have rightly been rejected. A taller mast was permitted by the fire station with a vast array of street cabinets obstructing and cluttering the pavement. We’ve supported the need for 5G coverage in the area and proposed better locations such as industrial estates and roundabouts.
The latest scheme is for a 15m mast by Benedict School on Hallowfield Way. We’re not keen on the location on the edge of the Conservation Area, right by the school and in view of the Grade II* listed Parish Church. It’s also on a site that is going to be transformed by the new housing development on Benedict Wharf and in the middle of the line of the new tram route when it gets built. There are better sites nearby which fit the search criteria.
The most disappointing issue with the proposal is the shocking quality of what has been submitted. Remarkably the planning application:
- locates the mast in the wrong place – putting it on Miles Road instead of Hallowfield Way
- chooses a site which lies outside the applicant’s own search area for where a new mast must be erected to provide full 5G coverage
- states both that there has and there has not been prior consultation with Merton Council
- states that neighbours have been consulted when we’ve been able to find no evidence of any earlier consultation
- argues that the mast has been put into a commercial area to avoid impact on homes when it is actually located between houses and a school and well away from any commercial buildings
- selects a location said to have “numerous” street light columns to reduce the impact of the tall mast despite there being very few street lights in Hallowfield Way
- provides details of seven locations which have been reviewed that concludes the Hallowfield Way site selected has been “discounted due to insufficient pavement width”
The applicant has even started work on the site before a decision on the planning application has been made.
For obvious reasons we’ve asked Merton Council to reject what’s on offer and request an application which actually makes sense.
Read our full response here 5G monopole -Hallowfield Way – Oct 21