Emley Moor mast could have a second towering structure temporarily placed alongside it so that modern electronic services can be brought up to speed.
Communications company Arqiva has requested a Certificate of Lawfulness to build a mast just slightly shorter than the 330.4 metre tall , Grade II listed concrete original.
The company has been asked by the government to modernise broadcast networks to cater for electronic communication technology such as 4G mobile phones services.
And documents supplied by Arqiva included in the application state that the company “must maintain broadcast services on a 24 hour basis, 365 days a year and the works must be implemented in a way that does not interfere with this.
“In order to minimise interruption it will be necessary to erect a temporary mast near to the existing site which will be used to broadcast terrestrial television services whilst the antenna works are on-going on the permanent mast.”
The temporary mast needs to be a similar height so that the signal quality for TVs is not affected.
Emley Moor mast, on Jagger Lane, is one of the 50 main transmitter stations in the country. Built between 1969 and 1971, it caters for 1.7m households. Public consultation on the plan runs until April 18.