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The 'ugly' broadband poles causing a right palaver in a Greater Manchester town

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More than 100 people are objecting to plans to erect dozens of of ‘ugly’ 15m poles carrying a new aerial broadband network across Oldham.

IX Wireless has applied to the council for 29 poles to be installed in various locations around the borough. But they have been met by a furious backlash from residents who argue they’re not needed and will ‘ruin the appearance’ of neighbourhoods.

The applications in Oldham have been submitted under permitted development rights, meaning they do not require planning permission from the local authority.

Despite being advertised for comments on the planning portal website, Oldham council has confirmed that these applications cannot be called into the planning committee to be debated – or refused. READ MORE: New estate of ‘luxury family homes’ granted permission to be built in the green belt READ MORE: Part of mill where teenager died after falling off roof to be blown up - as residents evacuated Instead, they have to be ‘determined’ with 56 days, or they will be deemed to have been granted.

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