A telecoms firm has failed again in its bid to win permission for a 5G phone mast in Spalding.

CK Hutchison – which runs the Three network – had lodged a third application to install a mast on the corner of Wygate Park and Claudette Avenue.

Its plan was rejected by the district council’s planning department – marking the latest in a long list of rejections at sites across Spalding over the past year.

A decision notice issued by the council stated: “Whilst South Holland District Council is committed to supporting advanced and high quality communications infrastructure, in this instance the siting and appearance of the proposal cannot be supported as it would represent an overly dominant, obtrusive and alien feature within the street scene, thereby resulting in unacceptable harm to the character, appearance and visual amenity of the locality.”

The plan was opposed by ward councillor Roger Gambba-Jones and MP Sir John Hayes.

This proposed pole was slightly shorter and slimmer than previous versions of the scheme – and Three has insisted that this was the best location for the technology.