Phone company loses appeal over Tooting Common telecom mast

Published: 28 February 2017

Mobile phone company Vodafone has lost its bid to overturn the council‘s refusal to grant planning permission for a large telecom mast overlooking Tooting Common.

On Friday, a Government planning inspector announced he was backing the council’s decision and dismissed the company’s appeal.

Vodafone was trying to overturn the council’s decision last July to reject plans for an 18m high mast to be sited on the railway embankment next to Cavendish Road

In his ruling the Inspector concluded that the “incongruous and intrusive” phone mast would cause “significant harm to the character and appearance” of the common while its ancillary equipment would have an “urbanising and insensitive effect”.

Planning chairman Cllr Sarah McDermott said: “I am delighted the inspector has found in our favour.

“We said no to the phone company last summer because we felt this telecom mast was just too big and too overbearing for this sensitive location.

“In our minds there was no doubt it would cause unacceptable harm to the character and appearance of the common so we refused it planning consent.

“I am therefore very pleased on behalf of everyone living locally who felt this would have been an unacceptable eyesore looming over Tooting Common.”

People can read the planning inspector’s report here.