A planning application has been submitted to erect a 20-metre tall 5G mast in Welwyn Garden City.

The plans, submitted by EE UK Ltd and Hutchison UK Ltd, would see the mast and associated ancillary works built in the King George V Car Park in Beehive Lane.

A proposal to build a telecommunication pole on the site had previously been accepted, but permission expired before it could be constructed.

In a planning statement, EE UK Ltd and Hutchison UK Ltd said the mast would increase network coverage in the town, and had been "strategically placed to minimise visual impact".

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"The positioning of the proposed telecommunications mast has been strategically placed away from residential dwellings as much as possible to minimize visual impact. This deliberate placement prioritizes the preservation of the existing area," the statement reads. 

"Furthermore, the surrounding area hosts a smattering of mature trees, which will aid the site in providing natural screening. This foliage will effectively obscure views of the mast from residential properties.

"The proposal is for the installation of a new 20m monopole that will provide new coverage for EE and has the potential for H3G LTE.

"The proposed new facility will require the installation of a limited number of equipment cabinet housing radio equipment at ground level and in close proximity to the base of the pole. The cabinet equipment are however, permitted development and thus do not form part of this application."