Prior Notification For Telecommunications Equipment (Telephone Poles, 5G Infrastructure for Mobile Phones)

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Erection of Telephone Poles and other Apparatus Without Notification

As part of the UK Government’s aims to improve access to high-speed broadband in the UK there is extensive work installing new telephone poles and associated apparatus and underground cables for high speed broadband in Hyndburn.

New telegraph poles (and new cabinets) for fixed line broadband are permitted development and the operators only have to give the Local Planning Authority (Hyndburn Borough Council) 28 days notice prior to their erection. This is not planning permission and we do not have control over where the poles are installed nor can we  oppose their erection. Therefore, regrettably this is not a planning matter and we cannot provide any further advice.

If there is a pole being erected near you the operators must provide contact details on their signage and you can contact them directly for details of how you can correctly engage their complaints procedure.

For further information please see these and other pages on the website:

The Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (

Government response to the consultation on proposed reforms to permitted development rights to support the deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage (