Several more applications have been made to put up telecoms masts taller than a four-storey building at prominent spots around Hereford, while others elsewhere in the city have been rejected.

CK Hutchinson Networks, which manages the Three mobile phone network, has applied for permission to erect a 20-metre tall pole and base cabinets at a verge beside Hoarwithy Road by the roundabout junction with Holme Lacy Road to the south of the city.

Its submission said it had considered and rejected six other sites along Holme Lacy Road, including the roof the Co-op Food store, which was deemed “too low to deliver the required level of coverage”.

Comments on this application, numbered 230654, can be made until April 9.


The same company has also applied to put up a 20-metre 5G mast on a verge by the junction of the A4103 Roman Road and the A4110 Canon Pyon Road.

Numbered 230793, this bid can be commented on until April 11.

The network operator has also resubmitted a plan for a smaller, 15-metre tall mast further east along the Roman Road near the roundabout junction with the A49 Holmer Road.

A previous bid for a 20-metre mast at the same spot was rejected in December as being “unacceptably prominent in the context of the well-travelled routes into and out of the city”.

Comments on the revised application, numbered 230819, can be made until April 15.


The company is also seeking permission to put up a 15-metre mast on a verge between the A49 Newtown Road and Widemarsh Common. Comments on that application, numbered 230616, close today (March 28).

Also closing for comments today is a bid, numbered 230617, to put up a 20-metre pole on Blackmarston Road, Hunderton, near the Hunderton Road roundabout.

The company’s earlier bid to erect a 15-metre pole outside the Rose & Crown pub on Ledbury Road has meanwhile been rejected, with Herefordshire Council ruling that it would “appear out of scale with its built environs”.

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Its bid to put up a 20-metre mast outside Hereford Sixth Form College, at the junction with Folly Lane, has also been rejected after drawing nearly 30 objections.

Asked about these setbacks, a Three spokesperson said: “5G rollout is vital for residents and businesses of Hereford.

“While we try to keep mast sites as unobtrusive as possible, they do need to be situated near to where people will be using the service and, in many cases, in precise locations to ensure the widest breadth of coverage.

“We will consider the reasons for refusal carefully and consider our options.”