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5G phone masts in Headington area

Originally 5G masts in the UK were allowed to have a maximum elevation of 25m (and 20m in protected areas), but in July 2020 the Government brought in new laws allowing 5G masts to be built closer to highways and main roads and at heights of up to 50m. 5G uses frequencies of up to eighteen times that of 4G, and because of this their range is shorter.

Planning permission is not required for these masts, which are allowed under permitted development rights, but prior approval is required, and planners can reject the plans if the siting is unsuitable. The Government is currently intending to make it even easier to install these masts.

So far planners have approved five 5G masts and ancillary equipment in Headington, while three applications are pending and four have been rejected (with one of the four currently awaiting the result of an appeal).


5G mast at Barton
Headington's first 5G monopole (EE):
20m high, it stands at the top of Bayswater
Road near the Headington roundabout

5G mast at Quarry
Headington's second 5G monopole (Vodafone):
20m high, it stands at the junction of Spring Lane
& Trinity Road. Behind it is a smaller 4G mast

Mast at Old Road
Headington's third 5G monopole (Vodafone):
20m high, it stands on Old Road, outside the
the south side of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre


5G cabinets in Windmill Road
Headington's fourth 5G monopole (Three UK)
18m high, it stands on Windmill Road, outside
the east side of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

Five 5G masts granted prior approval in Headington in 2020–2022

Island site to north of Headington
roundabout, Bayswater Road

Barton & Sandhills ward

“Replacement of the existing 11.9m monopole with a new 20m monopole, the installation of ground based cabinets, along with ancillary works”    

Approved: 20/00977/FUL
Already in place. See top photograph, right

For EE.

Site adjacent to the junction of
Spring Lane & Trinity Road

Quarry & Risinghurst Ward

“Application for prior approval to install 1 no. 20m telecommunications streetworks pole, 1 no. equipment cabinet, 1 no. meter cabinet and associated ancillary development”

Approved: 20/01452/T56
Already in place: see second photograph, right

For Vodafone

Land at Barton Road

Barton & Sandhills ward

“Application for prior approval to install 1 no. 20m telecommunications streetworks pole, 1 no. equipment cabinet, 1 no. meter cabinet and associated ancillary development”

Approved: 20/01712/T56
Not yet erected

For Vodafone

Land at Old Road
[north side, just west of Windmill Road]

Headington ward

“Application for prior approval to install 1 no. 20m telecommunications streetworks pole, 1no. equipment cabinet, 1 no. meter cabinet and associated ancillary development”

Approved: 20/02148/T56
Already in place: see third photograph, right

For Vodafone

Land at Windmill Road
[outside Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre]

Headington ward

“Application for prior approval to install an 18 metre high monopole supporting 6 no. antennas and 2 no. transmission dishes, 4 no. equipment cabinets and development works ancillary thereto”

(in lieu of rejected plan at Quarry: see below)

Approved: 21/02607/T56
Already in place: see fourth photograph, right

For Hutchison (Three UK)


Pending applications 2022

Land at Barton Lane

Headington ward

“Application for prior approval to install a [17m] monopole with a wraparound cabinet at base, 3no additional ancillary equipment cabinets and associated ancillary works”

Pending application 22/01096/T56

For Hutchison (Three UK)

Oxford Mail, 21 May 2022:
Oxford City Council receives plans for new 5G mast

Land at Horspath Driftway

Lye Valley ward

“Application for prior approval to install 15m monopole tower to support antenna, associated radio-equipment housing and ancillary development hitherto”

Pending application 22/01184/T56

For Hutchison (Three UK)

Land at junction of Merewood & Terrett Avenues

Barton & Sandhills ward

“Application for prior approval to install a 1no. 15m street pole [error for 20m] and 3no. additional equipment cabinets”

Pending application 22/01442/T56

For Hutchison (Three UK)


Four rejected applications for 5G masts in Headington in 2020–2022

Junction of Quarry Hollow
and Quarry Road

Quarry & Risinghurst ward

“Application for prior approval to install a 20m monopole and associated cabinets”

Rejected: 21/00782/T56 (Quarry & Risinghurst Ward)
Error on main page: “accept” should read “unaccept”: see decision letter under Documents

For Hutchison (Three UK)

Land at Warneford Lane
(first attempt)

Churchill ward

“Application for prior approval to install a 18.0m Phase 8 Monopole C/W wrapround Cabinet at base and associated ancillary works”

Rejected: 21/01697/T56 (Churchill Ward)

For Hutchison (Three UK)

Land at Warneford Lane
(second attempt): Appeal lodged

Churchill ward

“Application for prior approval to install a 15.0m Phase 8 Monopole C/W wraparound Cabinet at base and associated ancillary works”

Rejected: 21/02624/T56 (Churchill Ward)

For Hutchison (Three UK)

Current appeal APP/G3110/W/21/3289202

Land at Marston Road
[outside Milham Ford Nature Park]

Headington Hill & Northway ward

“Application for prior approval to install 1no 15 metre high monopole supporting 6 no antennas, 4 no equipment cabinets and development works ancillary thereto”

Rejected: 21/02909/T56

For Hutchison (Three UK)

[Replacement plan 22/01441/T56 submitted for Marston ward]


Prior approval NOT required for this replacement mast

Site on corner of Rock Edge and Windmill Road (Headington Ward)

“The removal of the existing 15.0m monopole supporting 3 no. antennas and the installation of a replacement 20.0m supporting 3 no. replacement antennas and 3 no. additional antennas. The removal of 3 no. existing equipment cabinets and 1 no. existing meter cabinet and installation of 1 no. replacement equipment cabinet and ancillary development thereto including the installation of 3 no. Remote Radio Heads (RRHs)”

22/01297/PDT (Permission not required)

For O2 (but the mast being replaced was shared by O2 and Vodafone)


New and replacement 5G antennae on top of Headington buildings in 2020–2022
Prior approval NOT required

Plowman Tower, Westlands Drive, Northway (Headington Hill & Northway Ward)

“Application for prior approval to install 4no. Vodafone antennas on new yoke brackets fixed to 2no. new climbable wall mounted support poles fixed to plantroom and 2no. new Vodafone antennas to be installed on new offset brackets fixed to proposed climbable tripod on new steel framework. Vodafone ancillary equipment - 5No. VF ERS's to be installed on new ERS rail, fixed to wall below each antenna location; Installation of 3No. Vodafone Equipment Cabinets on new steel grillage platform”

21/00274/T56

“The removal and replacement of 3No. existing antennas with 3No. upgraded antennas located on existing support poles, the installation of 1 No. GPS module on the roof of the existing tower block and ancillary development thereto”

20/01026/PDT

For Vodafone

Forester's Tower, Wood Farm (Churchill Ward)

“The replacement/installation of 6no existing antennas with 12no new antennas on 6no 5m poles, installation of RRU's, installation of 4no dishes and the upgrade of the equipment within the existing cabin along with ancillary works”:

21/02666/PDT

“Application for prior approval to replace 6no. existing antennas with 12 no. new antennas on 6 no. 5m support poles, the installation of RRU's, the installation of 4 no. dishes, the upgrade of the equipment within the existing equipment cabin, along with ancillary works”

21/02672/T56

For Telefonica UK Ltd and Vodafone

Headington Telephone Exchange (Headington Ward)

“432 + Removal and replacement of 6no. existing antennas with 6no. upgraded antennas located on existing steelwork, Installation of 1no. GPS antenna and removal and replacement of 1no. existing equipment cabinet with 1no. upgraded equipment cabinet”

20/00679/PDT

For Telefonica and Vodafone

Slade Park Fire Station (Lye Valley Ward)

“Replacement/installation of 12no. antennas, Installation of RRUs and the upgrade of the equipment within the existing equipment cabinet, along with ancillary works”

21/02263/PDT

“Application for prior approval for replacement of 6no existing antennas with 12no antennas on 3no 6-metre support poles and ancillary works”

21/03357/T56

John Radcliffe Hospital (Headington Ward)

“The replacement of 3no. antennas and the installation of 3no. Remote Radio Units (RRUs) and associated ancillary equipment at 29m on the rooftop”

20/02058/PDT

 For EE

Ambulance Station, Churchill Hospital (Churchill Ward)

(Website says Nurses' Home, but plans and application confirm that it is the Ambulance station)
“The removal and replacement of 3no. existing antennas with 3no. upgraded antennas affixed to the lattice tower, the installation of 1no. GPS unit and ancillary development thereto”

20/00785/PDT

For EE and Hutchison (Three UK)


REST OF OXFORD

To find where 5G monopoles are planned for  the rest of Oxford: just put T56 in the search box here (or PDT for replacement antennae). Most applications at the beginning of the list (going back to 2020) are for 5G equipment.

The following three masts are near Headington:

Land at Marsh Lane [near Oxsrad]

Marston ward

“Application for prior approval to install 1 no. 20m telecommunications streetworks pole, 1 no. equipment cabinet, 1 no. meter cabinet and associated ancillary development.”

Approved: 20/02235/T56

 For Vodafone

Land at Hollow Way [north of Barracks Lane]

Cowley Marsh ward

“Application for prior approval to install 20 metre high monopole supporting 6no. antennas and 2no. transmission dishes, 4no. equipment cabinets and associated ancillary works”

Approved: 21/00514/T56

For Hutchison (Three UK)

Land Opposite 257 Marston Road

Marston ward

“Proposed 5G telecommunication installation including; 1no. 15m street pole [plans say 16m] and 3no. additional equipment cabinets”

Pending: 22/01441/T56

For Hutchison (Three UK)


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