Victory signal for residents in phone mast campaigns

RESIDENTS in two Sheffield suburbs are celebrating after winning campaigns against the proposed installation of mobile phone equipment.

Plans to use a chimney of the old Staniforth Works, which used to make scythes and sickles, at the corner of Beighton Road and Main Street in the Hackenthorpe Conservation Area were rejected.

Council officers decided the “proliferation” of equipment on the “prominent” chimney, which dates from the 1800s, would be visually intrusive, damage the appearance of the conservation area and detract from the architectural and historic interest of neighbouring Greenside House, a listed building.

Greenside owner Abby Beckett-Smith said: “We are pleased that common sense has prevailed.”

Local MP Clive Betts also objected to the application by MBNL.

Meanwhile, the council refused planning permission for Vodafone and O2 to share a mast and equipment at the junction of Millhouses Lane and Button Hill after protests from residents, including a 147-name petition and 85 individual representations.

“The tall structure would conflict with the green character of the area,” said a council report.

Concerns were raised by residents about possible health implications, especially with a proposed location near three schools, but council officers followed Government guidelines that say the planning system is “not the place” for determining health safeguards.