20 Metre High Phone Mast Proposed for Bishop's Avenue

Residents urged to make last minute objections to 'eyesore' outside All Saints Primary

Visualisation of the mast from the applicant's submission

Campaigners are urging local people to add last minute objections to plans for a 20 metre high 5G mast to be installed at the entrance to Bishop's Avenue, close to All Saints Primary School.

Bishop's Avenue is also the main entrance to Fulham Palace, our only Grade I listed building, and the mast would be within the boundary of Fulham Palace Moated Site, a scheduled ancient monument of national importance.

Consultation on the planning application, which can be seen on H&F Council’s website, reference 2022/01759/FUL closes Wednesday, July 27.

The application, made by mobile infrastructure services company Cornerstone on behalf of Telefonica, is for:

The proposed installation of a telecommunications base station comprising a 20m monopole hosting 6 no antennas together with 3 no ground based cabinets and ancillary development thereto. | Pavement Outside All Saints School, Bishop's Avenue, London SW6 6ED.

The application states that mobile phone users will benefit from a more reliable service with access to the 5G network if the plans go ahead, claims that the mast is likely to be screened by mature trees and says: “ It is considered that there will be no substantial harm to, or loss of, any heritage assets as a result of the proposal.”

The campaigners, however say that the 20 metre high monopole and three 1.75 metre high cabinets will be “an eyesore more in keeping with aerials and vertical hardware that you would expect to see at an airport or industrial estate - not this green and leafy part of Fulham, which attracts many visitors.”

The planned location of the proposed mast
The planned location of the proposed mast

They also say that the mast would tower up to nine metres over matures trees, period mansion blocks and streets furniture including streets lights and road signs.

170 objections to the plans were submitted by local residents during the pre-planning application consultation stage, and the campaigners say: “ Even if you objected to the pre-planning application consultation, it’s crucial to re-send your objections to the council.

“ This mast will have a seriously visually damaging impact and lasting effect on the local area. There is considerable pressure on councils not to contest new 5G mast sites. Therefore, it is critical that the council understands the scale of local opposition to using this site in the Bishop’s Park Conservation Area.”

Opponents of the plan have put posters near the site
Opponents of the plan have put posters near the site

A similar application to install a mast and cabinets on the other side of Fulham Palace Road by Colehill Gardens was turned down by the council two years ago.

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July 25, 2022