wondering where i should go from here.....
The first thing to do is lookup why
the permission was refused - this should be recorded in publicly available documentation.
There may be legitimate objection - perhaps the positions selected by BT, or any other bits of landscape that may need digging up for a time for the install, are seen as having the possibility of causing some sort of unacceptable disruption/blockage/damage. If that is the case then there is little you can do (other than perhaps encourage BT to try find another practical solution but that might not be possible).
If the objections seem wrong in some way (just plain incorrect, complaints from a body that has no business interferring, other apparently politically motivated descision making, ...) then you might have sufficient cause to question the decision (I'm not sure how an individual would go about appealing such a ruling though).
If the problem is local residents objecting (there are places where new cabs have been refused because the residents thought a new green box would damage the beauty of their overpriced neighborhood) then you may have a local squabble on your hands!
In any case if there is another application in or due to go in (IIRC BT do appeal or make a different application with an altered plan in the first instance) make sure you find out about it so you can rally any positive force you can muster.
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