Campaigners who fought plans to build a phone mast outside their homes in Bushey say they are “over the moon” after the application was rejected by councillors down last night.

Network operators o2 and Vodaphone hoped to erect a 12.8-metre mast at the corner of Melbourne Road and Coldharbour Lane but members of Hertsmere Council’s planning committee opposed the plans.

The controversial application sparked a fierce reaction from neighbours who rallied support from the local community resulting in 195 letters opposing the plans being sent to the local authority.

Mother-of-one Jo Wolff spearheaded the campaign, gathering 890 signatures on a petition which was also handed to the planning officers.

She said: “It just shows the amount of hard work you put in is worth it. Many of the members quoted the overwhelming public support for the campaign.

“I work full-time and I have had to put my life on hold to fight this. We are over the moon.”

Committee members unanimously opposed the plans during a meeting at the council’s civic offices over fears it would create an eyesore.

The rejection comes months after the mobile network operators saw similar plans turned down for a phone mast just 300 yards down the road.