PLANS for two new 5G masts have been refused by Wrexham Council. 

The proposals were for the installation of 15-metre high monopole at the junction of Box Lane and Jeffreys Road in Borras, and an 18-metre high mast at St Giles Way near Wrexham city centre. 

CK Hutchison Networks said the areas are struggling to cope with demand and an increase in capacity is required; therefore, the masts are required to provide "reliable, high quality 5G technology".

However, Wrexham Council's planning officers have refused both of the applications. They state that the developments would have a "detrimental impact upon the street scene" and therefore go against planning policy. 

Borras councillor, Debbie Wallace, had raised concerns about the Box Lane/Jeffreys Road application. 

She said: “The proposed structures are within a direct line of sight to the property and for that reason, will have an undeviating, constant and intrusive visual impact for the property owner in question. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“In addition to this, the proposed structure will also be in a direct line of sight for non-immediate residential occupiers living opposite and surrounding the proposed site.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​