PLANS for a 5G mast in Burnham on Sea have been submitted.

The scheme would see an 18m-high pole installed in Frank Foley Parkway holding systems to provide data services for the area.

They have been submitted to Sedgemoor District Council by CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd.

Some work on the site has already started, according to the application, with the mast and cabinets sitting on a grass verge alongside the roadway.

The application comes after a number of similar plans were submitted for masts in Bridgwater and North Petherton, also by Hutchison.

Members of Bridgwater Town Council were prompted to call on Sedgemoor District Council to put a pause on 5G applications, citing concerns over the impact on public health of the technology.

Public Health England (PHE) says any exposure to radio waves from 5G are 'well within the international health-related guideline levels that are used in the UK'.

"It is possible that there may be a small increase in overall exposure to radio waves when 5G is added to an existing network or in a new area," PHE says.

"However, the overall exposure is expected to remain low relative to guidelines and, as such, there should be no consequences for public health."