A PLANNING application for a new 5G mast in Flintshire has been submitted to the council. 

The proposal would see a 15-metre high mast erected on land opposite 10 Kelsterton Road in Connah's Quay. 

The Leader: The site of the proposed location in Connah's Quay. The site of the proposed location in Connah's Quay. (Image: Planning documents)

A planning statement on behalf of CK Hutchison Networkd Ltd said: "CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd is committed to providing improved network coverage and capacity, most notably in relation to 5G services.

"High-speed mobile connectivity is the lifeblood of a community; facilitating educational benefits, providing access to vital services, improving communications with the associated commercial benefits for local businesses. It enables e-commerce and working from home, as well as enjoying access to social, media and gaming for leisure time activities."

The Leader: What the mast would look like. What the mast would look like. (Image: Planning documents)The Leader: What the mast would look like. What the mast would look like. (Image: Planning documents)

It added: "Considering the site-specific factors and technical constraints, available options and planning constraints, it is considered that the proposed street pole clearly represents the optimum environmental solution to extend coverage to the target community.

"The use of the public highway to accommodate a new telecommunications installation complies with both central government and local planning policy guidance where the underlying aim is to provide an efficient and competitive telecommunication system for the benefit of the community, while minimising visual impact.

"We believe the proposed site will minimise any visual impact upon the immediate and wider area, while at the same time, significantly improving communications within the local vicinity."


On the issue of whether 5G is safe, exposure guidelines govern mobile signals in the UK.

The consensus of reviews by independent public health authorities, including Public Health England, expert groups and the World Health Organization (WHO) is that these guidelines provide protection for all people (including children) against all established health hazards. 

The WHO states: "A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use."