RESIDENTS are celebrating a victory after a planning committee unanimously voted against plans to build a mobile phone mast in a residential area of Marshalswick.

Orange applied for permission to erect an eight metre high pole to replace an existing lamp post, and to build an equipment box on the land.

The proposals, which were considered for prior approval last night at the central planning committee meeting, would have been sited on a triangular piece of green land on the corner of Gurney Court Road and Sandpit Lane.

Prior approval means the application will be automatically granted if St Albans District Council does not respond to the developers plans with a decision.

The councillors on the committee decided to refuse the approval on the grounds that it would be unacceptable visual intrusion, and they asked that Orange look into other sites.

More later.