Mobile mast thrown out

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Plans for a mobile phone mast have been thrown out because it was deemed too close to an historic Preston park.

Telefonica O2 Limited and Vodafone Limited wanted to share a 12.5m mast in Ashton to improve 3G coverage.

They submitted plans to erect it on the pavement, close to the junction with Bristow Avenue, on the north side of Blackpool Road.

But in his decision letter, Chris Hayward, assistant director (city planning officer) at Preston Council, said it would be close to the grade II listed entrance gates and lampposts.

He said it would “appear inappropriate and incongruous in this historic setting”.

He said: “It would be unduly prominent and would have an unacceptable detrimental visual impact upon the street scene.”

The applicants said they had submitted a proposal for a shared mast to avoid “street clutter”.

A letter from their planning agents said: “The operators have a long-standing requirement in the Ashton area and have pursued several previous proposals in the area.

“A range of alternative sites have been considered in what is a constrained area comprising predominately residential development and a conservation area.”