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Anti-Telegraph Poles National Parliamentary Petition

October 11, 2023 @ 8:00 am April 11, 2024 @ 11:59 pm

Exclude telegraph poles from permitted development legislation

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.

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.


We’ll keep you updated each night on the progress of the petition.

PETITION30 Nov 9:30 pm1 Dec 9pm+
Total Signatures2,5352,54813
Beverley & Holderness8158194
Haltemprice & Howden4844862
Hull West & Hessle136136
Hull East1251261
Hull North1211232
Oldham West & Royton116116
Wyre Forest1091112
From other places12

If you have ‘signed’ the petition but have not received an email (responding to the email actually verifies your signature and gets it counted) then you can email: petitionscommittee@parliament.uk and they can verify your signature for you.

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