Huge phone masts to be built on two sites in Coventry

A grass verge on Kenpas Highway in Finham where a new 20-metre high phone mast will be built
-Credit: (Image: Google Maps)


Huge phone masts will be built in Coventry despite the council refusing the plans. The 20-metre poles plus antennas and cabinets got the go-ahead from a government inspector last week.

They will go in the car park of a locally listed pub in Tile Hill and on a grass verge near houses in Finham. The schemes were applied for by different companies.

Both were denied permission in separate rulings by the council last year. Council officer reports said the masts would harm neighbours' amenity - meaning the enjoyment of an area - and be out of keeping with surroundings.

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But a planning inspector ruled on Tuesday (21 May) that the masts can be built, following appeals by the companies. In both decisions he found the structures would cause "moderate harm" to the character and look of the areas.

Newlands pub in Tile Hill is a local landmark
Newlands pub in Tile Hill is a local landmark -Credit:Google Maps

The Tile Hill mast would also "erode" the setting of the Newlands pub, a local landmark, he added. But he said the principle of developing both areas had already been shown.

The companies had also shown there are no other "less harmful" sites where the masts could go, he added. He found that the harm would be outweighed by the need for the mast, taking into account a lack of other places it could go.

A 20-metre phone mast will go at the Newlands pub car park in Coventry
A 20-metre phone mast will go at the Newlands pub car park in Coventry -Credit:Google Maps

His reports also added that the search area for 5G cells is "constrained" and that this is "often the case" for these kinds of plans. It covers a "densely populated residential area" with many two-storey buildings, he said.

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