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New Code and countryside protection are poles apart

7 June 2013

CPRE welcomes the roll-out of rural broadband, but not at the expense of our beautiful rural landscapes.


The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have today published a new code of practice (CoP) entitled Cabinet Siting and Pole Siting Code of Practice which will give guidance to planning and highway authorities on the siting and maintenance of broadband infrastructure.


Neil Sinden, CPRE Policy and Campaigns Director, said:


‘We fear that this code, along with the changed regulations, does not have sufficient teeth to prevent long lengths of new overhead lines and broadband cabinets blotting our finest landscapes and villages.


‘Overhead lines can have a major impact if poorly sited, and should be put on shared poles before new ones are put up. But the guarantees to ensure that local councils can insist on this look weak.


‘We call on the industry to work closely with planners and parish councils and recognise that clutter-free landscapes are no less critical to economic prosperity than superfast broadband’.




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