Monster Mast Planned Outside McDonald's

Eighteen metre high pole would be beside Ealing Road

The mast would be taller than the trees on Ealing Road
The mast would be taller than the trees on Ealing Road. Picture: Google Streetview

An application has been submitted on behalf of Hutchison 3G UK Ltd to situate an 18 metre high mast outside the McDonald’s in Brentford.

The structure, which would be taller than the nearby trees, would be on the Ealing Road to the west of the drive-in restaurant.

In addition there would be a cabinet at the base and three additional equipment cabinets as part of the roll-out of a 5G mobile phone network.

The application is to request a determination as to whether its prior approval is required from Hounslow Council as the planning authority.

Prior to the submission of this application Dot Surveying prepared and issued a ‘5G Roll Out Pre-Consultation Enquiry – Site Detail Sheet’ for the area which it sent to Hounslow Council and local councillors detailing the planned rollout of masts and other telecoms equipment in the area.

The government have advised planning authorities that the scientific evidence does not give any indication of any extra health risk from 5G technology and therefore this would not be considered as valid grounds for an objection.

5G operates across multiple spectrums and therefore requires additional antennas and new equipment cabinets. The signals that are broadcast are more prone to the shadowing effect of adjacent buildings or structures, and also the effect of tree canopies reducing the broadcast range and effectiveness of the antennas. Consequently, the height of the 5G antennas needs to be raised meaning such high masts, dubbed ‘monster masts’ by objectors will become more common. The higher frequencies that 5G will use can provide more bandwidth and thus greater capacity but the signal will not travel as far as those of previous generations. This will mean that more of these masts will need to be built than were needed for previous generations of mobile technology.

The application reference is PA/2021/2083 and if you wish to make a comment use this reference and contact

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June 4, 2021