CONCERNS are growing over plans for a 15-metre high phone mast in Darlington.

Telecommunications firm O2 is seeking permission for the mast to be erected near the Asda supermarket, in Whinbush Way.

Planning committee members at the borough council are due to make a decision on the application at a meeting on Wednesday, October 20.

Haughton West ward member David Lyonette said he had received 20 letters of objection from residents.

He said: "Our powers are limited. We can't consider this on health grounds. Siting and appearance are the issues that would count, but again, that is limited."

Eileen Shepherd, chairman of Whinfield Residents' Association, said people were enraged by the proposal.

"Whinbush Way is where many people walk - it is not in the middle of a field," she said.