AN APPLICATION has been submitted to Solihull Council to give another six month’s planning permission for an ‘emergency’ telecoms mast in Shirley.
The 28metre mast was erected on Haslucks Green Road on June 25 last year after its former site, on Westminster House, was demolished to make way for Parkgate.
It is believed it was erected with no public notice after being granted six months planning permission under emergency measures for telecommunications provision, which expired on Christmas Day. Councillor Howard Allen (Green, Shirley West) said he couldnt understand why the mast was granted under emergency powers.
Shirley Parkgate has been known about for ten years, he added.
The telecoms providers had plenty of time to put in a proper planning application. They left it to the last minute.
I was inundated with letters from concerned local residents at the time. There were lots of complaints quite understandably. It seemed an absolute nonsense.
I challenged the council at the time on why the mast had been granted under emergency powers.
Despite local anger at the temporary mast, providers Everything Everywhere UK Ltd have now requested planning permission for a further six months.
Solihull Council said the mast was installed to ensure an ongoing telecoms service and the fresh application would be considered in due course.