A CONTROVERSIAL plan to erect a new phone mast on the edge of a housing estate has been put on hold indefinitely.

Orange has released a statement saying the device, which it was given permission to install in Aldersbrook Road near to the junction with Dover Road Aldersbrook in April 2008, may not now go ahead at all after it reviewed its current and planned sites.

The news will be welcomed by many residents living in the Aldersbrook Estate, many of whom complained that the site was too close to nearby Aldersbrook Primary School, and that there were already several other phone masts located in the same street.

A spokeswoman for Orange said: "Since (permission for the mast was granted), Orange has began a full review of all of our sites and this has meant that this particular site has been placed on hold, and may not be built.

"Once the review is completed we will have a clearer idea of whether the site will be integrated into the network."