Phone Mast at Greenholme

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Whats the current situation with this mast. Is the current site a permanent one?
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solarplexus replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

As far as I know its permanent. Its been in the planning system for quite a while - it comes under some form of permitted development. In other words EE, the owner in this case, didn't need to go through the standard planning application process.
I think if they had plenty of people would have objected. Just seems a pity they didn't try & camouflage it - even painting it dark green might have helped.

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Neo replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

As one of the Original iBurley Team; that mast is a F@@king eye sore. Simple as!
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mcnab replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

Yes it is horrendous and a blight on the house prices of the immediate area.
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solarplexus replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

If this is EE's version of a new mast, then I suspect we'll have to get used to a few more replacements from the other providers i.e. end of Sandholme on Bradford Road, the site on Otley Old Road etc.
Why they all need separate masts & can't or won't share them, god only knows.

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Neo replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

O2 and Voda had a huge mast sharing project a few years ago. It's virtually impossible to keep up with EE now due to a number of factors. However this mast really is shocking and I say that as someone who loves technology. I am sure there is a reason it's been constructed to that size but it looks completely out of place. It's possible that other providers may share it or alternative services are going to be offered but that doesn't detract from this monstrosity.
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rufus2 replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

My God its Horrendous
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mcnab replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

There was Tetra (Police etc) equipment bolted to the end of the Main Greenholme Mill building. I'm guessing the Developer would have needed that out of the way, maybe its been added to the new mast? And 5G is due to be rolled out.
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RBC replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

solarplexus wrote: As far as I know its permanent. Its been in the planning system for quite a while - it comes under some form of permitted development. In other words EE, the owner in this case, didn't need to go through the standard planning application process.
I think if they had plenty of people would have objected. Just seems a pity they didn't try & camouflage it - even painting it dark green might have helped.


In all seriousness how in gods name can they get away with this?Its not like its in remote keeping with the area were the Parish council not aware?

Is there anything that can be done as it looks like a watch tower right out of Mordor.
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solarplexus replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

RBC wrote: In all seriousness how in gods name can they get away with this?Its not like its in remote keeping with the area were the Parish council not aware?

Did a quick search on the issue. Seems Bradford Council would have known about it, but do the BPC get automatic notification of all planning matters? Don't know - would expect them to though, otherwise what's the point of them having a planning committee.

Found an article from April 2016 on assetsphere that explains what's going on:
"A change to permitted development rights will see a growth in the height of telecoms masts that will be exempt from the need for planning permission. This change came about as a result of announcement in the March Budget by George Osborne. He revealed that a new 5G strategy would be delivered by 2017, as the UK strives to become a world leader in the next generation of mobile communication.

Taller masts may result in operators wanting to share masts that can carry more aerials. At present, new telecoms masts up to 15 meters in height can be built in a ‘non-protected area’ without planning permission. The proposals will increase that limit to 25 meters.

Highways and residential areas will see a height restriction of 20 meters in ‘protected areas’. These include conservation areas and national parks. Masts in protected areas will be subject to a new permitted development right (PDR) allowing new ground-based masts of up to 20 meters without planning permission. Under these PDRs, the telecoms operator only needs to apply to the planning authority for prior approval for both the site and external appearance of the mast.

While consideration is given to the mast’s visual impact, the mast is automatically permitted in principle. Of immediate concern is that masts on existing sites in both protected and non-protected areas can be increased in height to 20 meters without prior approval, while an existing mast can grow from 20 meters to 25 meters in non-protected areas without approval.

Whether or not you are an enthusiast for the changes may depend on whether you own a site where a telecoms company can take advantage of an existing lease without paying you extra, or whether you are one of those people keen to get a good mobile signal in a rural location. It’s amazing to learn that more than 20% of the UK still has no mobile phone coverage, (hence the push to increase network coverage)."

Is there anything that can be done as it looks like a watch tower right out of Mordor.

Don't think so, unless someone knows different.

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mcnab replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

Well on the plus side; Burley will get great cellular connectivity. The jury is out on whether there is any adverse affects to public health, but the mast will hardly help people hoping to sell their houses within its vicinity.
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Neo replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

Took another look at it whilst walking past. I'd say it can take two more telecoms companies infrastructure on there by the looks of it in addition to whats on it. I also suspect the backhaul is fibre, not microwave so more reliable.

Still looks bl@@dy awful though!
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RBC replied the topic: Phone Mast at Greenholme

Don't forget the houses that are due to be built down at the Mill as well which I believe is imminent?

I find it poignant looking at the tree stump next to it thats left from the tree that was cut down to make way for it all in the name of peoples mobile phones.
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