A planning application has been put forward by two mobile phone companies to install a telephone mast at a rugby ground in Coventry.

Vodafone and O2 are proposing to install and share a 15m mobile telephone mast at the side of the Old Coventrians Rugby Football Club in Tile Hill Lane.

There have been six objections to the plan, which is set to go before Coventry City Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

One resident said there was no justification for the transmitter near a residential area, another raised concerns about other masts already existing on the site and others raised concerns on health grounds.

The council’s planning officers have advised the mast will only be acceptable in a residential area if applicants can show there are no alternative sites available and it is not visible from people’s windows or road junctions.

In the report, planning officer Kurt Russell, wrote: “Concern has been raised regarding the location of the equipment, and whether a site in the countryside or in an industrial area would be better.”

The application will be discussed by the planning committee on Thursday from 11am.

From www.coventrytelegraph.net