Bishop’s Stortford Borough Council has no objection to a 25m mobile phone mast for EE on an industrial estate in Pig Lane

Plans for 233 houses on the site of Bishop’s Stortford Secondary School (TBSHS) in London Road have forced the relocation of a mobile phone base station.

As a result, a planning application to erect a replacement 25 m (82 ft) telecommunications tower on the Haslemere Industrial Estate off Pig Lane has been submitted to East Herts Council, the planning authority for the district.

At a meeting Monday, May 16, members of the city council’s planning and development committee raised no objections to the proposal.

Keith Warnel (56713128)

Cllr Keith Warnell, a licensed radio ham, told members the shorter wavelength 5G uses meant the coverage area was smaller, so more masts were needed.

“It seems like the only site they can put this on,” he said. “It’s difficult: an 80-foot mast seems like a bit of an eyesore, but the technology has to advance. »

Cllr Bob Taylor said it was better to have the pylon-style mast in an industrial area than in a residential area.

Telephone tower relocation plan (56713269)
Telephone tower relocation plan (56713269)

Mobile network operator and internet service provider EE has been advised to remove its rooftop device from the school site to allow for the redevelopment. The secondary is due to move next year to a new campus in the St James’ Park estate, off Whittington Way, freeing up its 14.8-acre (6 ha) campus for 233 new homes.

EE has asked EHC to approve its application for the Pig Lane site after the authority last year rejected a proposal for a 20m (65ft) mast on a grass edge in London Road.

“The proposed new mast will not only service voice calls, but will include provisions for the use of newly developed 3G/4G and 5G data, which will be of great benefit to all network users,” the company said. society.

“EE has been awarded the contract to provide network services to emergency services which will operate on EE’s 3G/4G/5G network and as such this site will also provide coverage for all blue light services in the region.”

It screened 13 sites before submitting its latest application, but said: “As this facility is required to replace an existing telecommunications facility, the search area is particularly restricted by factors such as geography and distance, proximity to the site precedent being of major importance. If this does not happen, it will probably lead to a network coverage hole in this area.”

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