PLANS for a new 30-metre high mobile telecommunications mast has been refused by Cornwall Council’s planners.

Cornerstone Ltd applied for permission to undertake the works at land north west of De Lank Waterworks, St Breward.

South West Water objected to the plans.

In refusal, the council told the applicant: “The proposed development as a result of the positioning of the tower adjacent to an existing tower, will give rise to unwelcome additional clutter of contemporary infrastructure in this otherwise remote and elevated moorland landscape, giving rise to harmful cumulative landscape and visual effects.

“The proposed development as a result of the position of the site in proximity of the Scheduled Monument known as King Arthur's Hall and the Grade II* and Grade II collection of buildings at Leaze will result in less than substantial harm to the setting of these heritage assets.

“Whilst the proposal will result in some significant public benefits, it is not considered submissions have demonstrated that all other alternatives to the proposed development, which would have less impact on these heritage assets have been exhausted. Furthermore, based on the information available, the extent of the benefits are unclear, given that a large proportion of the area that will benefit from enhanced 4G coverage comprises uninhabited moorland.”