Plans have been submitted to install a new taller mobile phone mast at Buxted to improve EE and Hutchison 36 UK networks and to introduce 4G technology to the area.
The proposal is to upgrade an existing site, removing an existing EE 12 metre mast, replacing it with a 12.50 mast to be shared by EE and H3G, and installing a new cabinet while removing an existing one.
The site is on land west of Toll Farm, at Pound Green, just off the A272 on the outskirts of Buxted, to the north east of Uckfield. It is on highways land which forms part of a triangular traffic island on which are a number of trees.
There are homes near the site but to the north, south and east is either woodland or fields.
Documents with the planning application say: “The proposal is a necessary upgrade to an existing mast, and is required to maintain good network connections, improve existing coverage, and introduce new 4G technology to the area.
Emergency Service Network
The site would also form part of the Emergency Service Network (ESN) for which EE will provide mobile communication support for the Police, Fire and Ambulance services in England, Scotland and Wales.
A system currently used by the three emergency services, known as Airwave, is being replaced.
A statement before Wealden Council says: “Generally speaking, there will be minor perceivable changes when viewing the column from the streetscape.
“The new post will be a lamp post design, which will better integrate it into the local area. In essence, it is considered an upgrade in design from the existing approved development on site.”
The application also says data traffic is increasing and forecast to continue to grow as technology is developed to facilitate this.
“4G is the next major development in mobile technology and will allow faster internet access, downloads and general browsing.”
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