PLANS to erect a 10m mobile phone mast in Olton have been thrown out by Solihull Council.
Telecoms giant Orange had wanted to put a transmitter on the Warwick Road - close to Dovehouse Parade. The proposal had been condemned by both the Tories and Lib Dems and hundreds of residents put their name to a petition which opposed the application.
On Wednesday evening, the plans were rejected by the planning sub committee, much to the relief of local residents. Many were worried that the base station would be an eyesore and there were also concerns about the possible health risks which have long been associated with such masts.
In their application Orange maintained they were mindful of people’s concerns and that the mast would meet all the safety requirements.
The Warwick Road mast is the second application to have been toppled in a fortnight.
Only last week, people living in nearby Olton Mere were celebrating the news that plans for a 15m transmitter had been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate.