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Residents celebrate as planners block mobile mast on council flats

'At the outset everyone said we didn't stand a chance'

08 November, 2016 — By Ella Jessel

Campaigners at Troyes House

BELSIZE PARK residents are celebrating after a Town Hall bid to site a phone mast at a block of council flats was thrown out by planners.

Officers rejected plans for the six-antennae base station on the roof of Troyes House, in Lawn Road, because of its “unsympathetic functional design”.

Phone company Tele­fonica, which owns O2, applied to install the mast on the council block, part of a Town Hall initiative to bring in £600,000 a year by selling space to phone companies.

The plans were opposed by residents of Troyes House, many of whom are elderly.

Resident Maggie La Tourelle said she was “very grateful” to everyone who signed their petition, adding: “I jumped up and down and clapped when I heard. I think there is total relief because at the outset everyone said we don’t stand a chance. I’m in favour of positive thoughts and I said we can win this and we have.”

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