COUNCILLORS are due to take a closer look at plans to increase the height of a T-Mobile phone mast in Great Budworth.
The operator is seeking approval to add a 5m extension to its 15m tower on Green Belt land next to Belmont Hall, and replace the six 2G antennas with three 2G and three 3G.
Parish councillors, conservationists and neighbours oppose the plans.
Great Budworth Parish Council says it has “grave concerns” about the visual impact on the tree canopy. And the village Amenity Society also feels it would be intrusive.
Neighbours at Garden Cottage, 75m from the installation, say they are “seriously concerned” about increased health risks and point out that Cransley School is within 400m.
Cllr Malcolm Byram (Con, Marbury) raised concerns about over development and backed the parish council.
Planning officers at Cheshire West and Chester Council say the upgrade is acceptable as the basic installation in a heavily wooded copse already exists. They argue it is preferable to another mast in the Green Belt.
Cheshire West and Chester planning board chairman Cllr Ralph Oultram (Con, Weaver) suggested a decision should be deferred to enable a site visit to take place.
This is due to be made this afternoon, Tuesday. The application is again recommended for approval.