Proposals to build a 19-metre high phone mast have been met with opposition from a resident who says it will harm the greenbelt.

The application was submitted on June 4 by Mobile Broadband Network Limited, owned equally by EE and Three, to install a 19 metre high 5G phone mast on the junction of Beaumont Road and Junction Road West, in Lostock.

Janice Gradwell, who lives close to the site of the new proposed mast, explained how she has been keeping track of applications on the site over the years as a phone mast already stands on the site.

Janice said: “This disproportionately changes the appearance of the site, and precludes any reasonable attempts to minimise the impact on the street scene, outlook and living conditions for local residents. Rather, the combined apparatus becomes a development befitting an industrial area or motorway embankment ­— but this is greenbelt."

The application states that developers believe the design to be fitting with the area, saying: “The antenna heights cater for the character of the wider area and the site’s relationship with neighbouring base stations.”

The developers also believe this type of telecommunications infrastructure is vital for the country, hence why there have been a number of applications of this type over the last few months.

Ward councillors, Bob Allen and Andrew Morgan, explained that it is hard to oppose these types of applications.

Cllr Allen said: “The only possible objection is appearance as they have a right to put them up anyway. As this is off the walkway and replacing an existing mast it’s very hard to object on planning grounds.

Cllr Andrew Morgan said: “We get lots of complaints that the signal is really bad in that part of Lostock so it's very difficult to oppose this."