A 5G mast could be built on top of a hotel in the town centre.

Plans have been submitted to build the mast at Novotel Reading Centre, at 25B Friar Street.

This application, submitted on behalf of Cornerstone and Vodafone Ltd, seeks to install six pole-mounted antennas, which would be 42.3 metres above ground level, and three transmission dishes.

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The ‘telecommunications base station’ would not reach higher than the building’s current highest point.

Environmental health officers have raised concerns about the plans due to the lack of a noise assessment.

Senior officer Rebecca Moon said: “It is not clear to me from the application whether new noisy mechanical plant is proposed (cooling fans etc.) as part of this application or whether the plant room is existing.

“A noise assessment has not been submitted with the application and therefore I cannot determine the likely noise impact of the proposal and whether the proposals are acceptable.

“I therefore recommend refusal unless a noise assessment can be submitted and considered by us before the application is determined.”

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Cornerstone says the 5G mast will drive improved productivity and efficiency and will be in compliance with International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection guidelines.