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Exclude telegraph poles from permitted development legislation

Submitted by Jane Lilian Johnson on Saturday 7th October 2023

Published on Wednesday 11th October 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Thursday 11th April 2024

Current Signatures: 5,660
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Exclude telegraph poles from permitted development legislation

Petition Details

We want the Government to remove permitted development rights for telegraph poles, so telecommunications operators have to apply for permission to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) on any proposed installation and the LPA has to consult with affected residents before issuing permissions.

Additional Information

Telegraph poles erected by operators for the expansion of FTTP broadband do not need planning permission under the Electronic Communications Code (Conditions & Restrictions) 2003 & The Town & Country Planning (General Permitted Development (England) Order 2015.

There is no requirement to consider alternatives (like underground cabling) or to inform residents of the installation, so no opportunity for them to engage. The first knowledge residents have of a pole installation is when it appears on their street.

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