Ten months ago there was the mass rejection of 96 street cabinet applications by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, but it seems after a lot of joint site visits locations have actually been agreed for a total of 140 cabinets in the borough.
This means that the South Kensington, Chelsea, Belgravia and Kensington Gardens exchanges will will now be included in the commercial roll-out of FTTC services that Openreach is engaged in.
"Fibre broadband will provide a major boost both for residents and businesses in the borough, so we’re glad to have been able to reach an agreement with Openreach which allows for the deployment of this technology whilst safeguarding the historic integrity of the borough. We look forward to working with Openreach in a spirit of cooperation to maximise the benefits of fibre broadband across Kensington and Chelsea as soon as possible."Councillor Tim Ahern, the Royal Borough’s Cabinet Member for Planning Policy,
Residents may already have noticed work starting, as 72 sites are under construction and 18 cabinets are already live.
The possibility of the changes to the planning regulations may have helped push the matter, as by working co-operatively within the current regulations the council will perhaps have got a better result, and it is possible that the reality that people consider broadband important when renting or buying property is becoming more apparent to council's and developers.