Will we see more angry residents with new planning regulations?
As people we are creatures of habit, and when something appears that was not previously present we tend to take a great deal of notice of it. This certainly seems to be true for one resident in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, who is now objecting to the presence of an Openreach FTTC installation.
The local press has talked to the concerned property developer who claims the new cabinet is an eyesore and will attract anti-social behavour near the house, citing that a similar cabinet in the area is attracting gangs of kids who sit on top of the cabinet! A little investigation via Google Streetview reveals the cabinet is on the corner of a cul-de-sac opposite a furniture store.
The resident appears surprised to not be informed or consulted about the installation, or the ease with which Openreach are able to install the cabinets, so today's news that will remove the requirement for planning permission even in Conservation areas will not be welcomed by this person, and may result in a campaign to stop these changes happening.
The real question is whether objections are more to do with people not liking change, or genuine grievances e.g. reduces width of pavement below acceptable level. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that good broadband speeds can help improve the chances of selling or renting a property.