Ward Councillors and some residents living around two sites in Tulse Hill Ward have been informed by Lambeth Council of the submission of planning applications for new 5G telephone masts by Hutchison 3G on behalf of the Three UK mobile phone network.
Hutchison/Three are proposing to install an 18m tall mast by the entrance to Brockwell Park on Tulse Hill and another 20m tall mast on Upper Tulse Hill outside the Army Reserve Centre. The Tulse Hill mast will be taller than the four-story block of flats next to it (see illustration above) whilst the mast on Upper Tulse Hill will be significantly taller than any nearby buildings – being opposite two-story houses where the ground floors are already lower than the road level. The associated equipment cabinets that will be installed as part of these planning applications will take up space on the footpath at both locations.
Both applications are being made under a planning rules called Permitted Development rights granted to mobile telephone companies by the Government. This means that Hutchison/Three do not necessarily require planning permission from Lambeth Council unless the masts fail to meet a number of technical requirements. Local planning rules also include one further test which requires the company to ensure that “the siting, height and design of the equipment will not cause unacceptable harm to the character or appearance of the area or the building on which it is located, and will not be visually intrusive in the street scene or create unacceptable cluttert” (Policy T10 of the Lambeth Local Plan).
Residents wishing to support or object to these planning applications have until 18th September 2020 to respond to the statutory consultation (although Lambeth Council allows comments to be made up until a planning application is determined). You can make your comments by visiting the Lambeth Planning website and searching for applications 20/02896/G24 (Upper Tulse Hill) or 20/02898/G24 (Tulse Hill).