PLANS for a new 5G mast in a Southampton neighbourhood have been given the green light.

A 5G pylon is set to be hoisted above the Thornhill area of the city.

It will sit at the junctions of Hinkler Road and Bursledon Road near Springwell School.

The application was submitted by CK Hutchison Networks - otherwise known as Three - to Southampton City Council in May this year.

The proposal includes an 18m monopole and a nearby equipment cabinet.

Daily Echo: Plans for the mast in Hinkler Rod, Southampton. Plans for the mast in Hinkler Rod, Southampton.

Based on papers submitted to the council, Three says it is in the process of building the UK’s fastest 5G network.

The documents state that there is a requirement to upgrade the company’s network to provide improved coverage and capacity.

And new masts will enable to telecommunications giant to offer much faster services and to handle more data.

A planning notice was posted on June 18, however, the proposal has not faced any local objections at present.

Similarly, the Environmental Health Service made no objections concerning the application which was approved on July 15.

Tory councillor for the Bitterne ward, Matthew Magee said he was aware of the planning application.

Daily Echo: Councillor for Bitterne, Matthew Magee. Councillor for Bitterne, Matthew Magee.

He said: “Me and my fellow ward councillors have had no objections. I have not had any.

“It’s absolutely essential that we have this sort of 5G coverage.

“It will be a boon for people on the estate.

“It’s necessary for an interconnected city.”

Nonetheless, Cllr Magee added that residents are welcome to contact him with any concerns about the mast.

Earlier in the year, another pylon caused controversy after being erected in Kendal Avenue, Millbrook.

Sat opposite All Saints’ Church, residents deemed it as both hideous and an eyesore.

Many locals complained they were not told the structure would be put up, despite the Labour-run council at the time arguing otherwise.

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