A new application for a 50ft 5G mast in a city suburb has sparked fury among locals.

The project would see the telecommunications pole installed in Allerton Road, Sprowston, near the town's high school.

It has received 16 public objections, as well as opposition from Sprowston Town Council and Broadland district councillor Martin Booth.


Norwich Evening News: The area predominantly consists of bungalows and is prone to floodingThe area predominantly consists of bungalows and is prone to flooding (Image: Google Maps)

One local described the mast as a "hideous monstrosity", adding: "Having a 15-metre tower will be adding a problem to our area.

"I have spoken to other residents that have no knowledge of this proposal and their first reaction is that they object.

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"This tower has not been asked for by any of the residents nor do they want it here either."

The proposed site is at the junction between Allerton Road and Cannerby Lane - which predominantly consists of single-storey bungalows and is an area Sprowston folk say is prone to flooding.

In a letter penned to the council, one homeowner said: "Given the exceptional weather we can expect in the future, can we be sure that there will not be a situation where the mast will topple towards our houses or the road?

"In other words, it is an accident waiting to happen.

"This installation and location is also totally out of keeping with the area as it will tower above properties in the immediate vicinity."

Norwich Evening News: Cllr Martin BoothCllr Martin Booth (Image: Broadland District Council)

The proposals, put forward by CK Hutchison Networks, are the latest in a series of controversial applications for a 5G mast in Norwich. 

Earlier this month, plans were revealed for a telecommunications pole on top of the 17th century St Augustine's Church in NR3 - while a mast in Jessopp Road was approved in June despite backlash from local homeowners.

Speaking on the application for Sprowston, Cllr Martin Booth said: "I consider this to be out of keeping with the local area particularly as it is to be 15 metres high in an area of bungalows.

"Also this area is subject to regular flooding despite works in the past to stop it."