PLANS to boost mobile phone signals in Upton-upon-Severn have been rejected by Malvern Hills District Council due to the detrimental effect they could have on the nearby wildlife.
Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited (CTIL) had submitted an application on behalf of Vodafone and O2 to build a base station including a 15m mast and related equipment within a fenced compound on the land at Portman’s Farm, in Newbridge Green.
The new mast would have improved the existing 2G and 3G coverage as well as providing 4G coverage within Upton and surrounding areas.
However, CTIL’s project was refused after district council bosses said the proposals would affect the badgers and Great Crested Newts at Portland Farm.
In a report, the district council said: “The applicant has failed to demonstrate that the siting of the proposed pole and associated works would not impact on protected species, in particular badgers and Great Crested Newts.
“On this basis the council is unable to approve the siting of the development due to the lack of information in relation to the potential risk and impact of the proposed development on protected species.”