Remote Northumberland communities set to benefit from mast plans

Plans have been lodged for a new telecommunications mast in a remote part of the Coquet Valley.

By Ian Smith
Thursday, 24th June 2021, 5:24 pm
The view towards Sharperton.
The view towards Sharperton.

An application for a proposed 25m tall lattice mast at Ladyship Field, Sharperton, has been submitted to Northumberland County Council by the Home Office.

Planning consultants, Entrust, in a report accompanying the application, state: ‘The emergency services currently use a mobile radio system (Airwave) to communicate but this needs replacement as the technology cannot deliver broadband data services.

‘This proposal, as a component of the emergency services network… is to provide additional infrastructure into primarily remote and commercially unviable areas where little or no mobile network coverage exists.’

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The plans have been welcomed by local county councillor Steven Bridgett.

He said: “The mast not only represents a key piece of national infrastructure that will crucially, deliver the new emergency service signal to this area of Coquetdale but will also deliver a 4G mobile signal to Harbottle, Holystone, Sharperton, Dueshill, Plainfield, Warton, Flotterton, Westfield, Whittle, Trewhitt and Burradon. But also parts of Snitter, Thropton, Cartington, Hepple and Netherton.

“This is a start but we need further developments such as this if we are to ensure that a decent mobile signal can be received by not just local residents but also the many visitors that come to our beautiful but remote part of the world.”

The plans include a proposed access track including a pull in off the unclassified road (at Charity Hall) to allow gate operation without blocking the highway.

A final decision will be made by Northumberland County Council.

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