Langford’s 5G Controversy


A number of Langford Village residents have now formally opposed the building of a 16 metre high mast designed to improve coverage for local mobile services and marked to be built on Peregrine Way.  The 5G mast and kerbside cabinets, shown in the diagram, would be sited on the verge near the junction with Merlin Way and on the opposite side of the road (see photo in which the position is shown with a traffic cone).

Images from the Langford 5G mast planning application documents

Details first appeared on the Cherwell District Council Planning Register in early July 2022 with local residents then given a short time to send in comments. The application for the mast has been made by telecoms firm CK Hutchison Networks. LVCA shared news of this development on its social media as soon as it was made aware of the application appearing on the Council’s Planning Register.

A Langford facebook poll then showed a clear majority – by 2 to 1 –  in favour of the local area having such a mast but with a significant number of comments also arguing that it shouldn’t  be placed where indicated but should be built elsewhere instead.  One highly suggested location is on the middle of the Peregrine Way roundabout with exits to Falcon Mead and Osprey Close. 

Several residents have now written to object to the mast for a number of different reasons and they include the Chairman of LVCA, Carole Hetherington, who has asked that a reconsideration is made on the siting as many more suitable/less intrusive spots could be identified for it in Langford’s community. Other objectors have raised issues of concern about visual impact and some have outlined fears over whether or not there could be an associated effect on health.

To read the comments on the planning register please click here and then find the ‘Supporting Docs’ section. A decision on the mast will need to be made by Cherwell District Council.

A 5G mast with an identical design to the one proposed at Langford Village has recently been installed on Leach Road in west Bicester – as shown here. These masts are around twice the height of a standard lamppost.

Leach Road, west Bicester. (Picture: Derek Finlay)