Phone mast plans approved despite protests

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PLANS for a new 17.5-metre-tall phone mast in Washington have been approved.

Sunderland City Council has given permission to Vodafone for the column and ancillary development on land at Horsley Road, Barmston.

The proposal had attracted objections from the community, some of which called the mast a “monstrosity”.

Vodafone said the scale and height of the development had taken into account heights of other buildings in the area, views and landmarks.