An application has been received by Gedling Borough Council from Icon Tower Infrastructure Limited of Lichfield for the proposed development of upgrade to radio mast at Bank Hill Farm, Bank Hill, Woodborough, Nottingham, NG14 6EF.
The application describes the proposed works as ‘The removal of an existing 17.5m monopole mast and associated compound, and the installation of a replacement base station which includes a 26.2m monopole sharable mast, 6no. of 4G antennas and 12no. of 5G antennas, 2no. dishes, 7no. cabinets, etc. Ancillary development thereto. This is needed as the existing mast cannot support the required equipment to improve connectivity.’
Planning documents advise that the new mast will be approx. 86 feet / 26.2m, over 28 feet / 8.7m taller than the existing mast.
Supplementary information provided to Gedling Borough Council planning advises that the proposed mast is the lowest height in which the Operators can continue to provide the required level of coverage to the target area. This proposal, coupled with the complete removal of 1 no. existing mast will make an improvement to visual amenity in the area by condensing the potential number of telecommunications sites to one single mast.
The existing mast cannot support the necessary upgrades and to prevent the proliferation of masts Icon Tower has decided to relocate all existing equipment to one new mast which has the capability for upgrades and the ability to host new and antenna systems and preparing the site for future innovations in telecommunication equipment.