Planning applications are only needed in sensitive areas.
BT tried that around here and when I checked with the council it was found applications hadn't been filed in the first place - the council also pointed out that they bend over backwards to ensure FTTC applications are expedited, because of consumer demand.
In sensitive areas applications are seldom refused and any variants are mostly a requirement to use different colours or wooden facade panels. There have been very few outright refused unless there are a bunch of NIMBYs in an area - such as Muswell Hill in london.
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