Applications are starting to come in for new mobile phone masts in parts of York. They will support the new 5G network that is being rolled out.
We understand that many will involve the upgrade of existing equipment.
Only one case has so far been referred to the planning committee. It concerns a proposed mast to be located in Naburn Lane.
The application seeks permission for the replacement of an existing 11.7m high monopole telecommunications mast with a 20m high tower and associated cabinets.
The site is in the Green Belt. Officials are recommending approval at a meeting next week.
The application does, however, raise the broader issue of how many new masts may be required in the York area and crucially how high they might be.
Last year the government threatened to remove Councils powers to vet applications. They hoped that this would speed up the process of rolling out the new network
While the new masts could be twice as high as those provided for 4G coverage, the main impact is likely to be on rural areas.
At present little information has been made available to York residents. All we have are national background briefings.
A BBC article last year reacted to forecasts of hundreds of new masts being required.
We think that the Council should tell residents what to expect, where and when as the 5G revolution gathers pace