The Waverley Planning Office were forced to declare the cabinet 18 Planning Application as invalid last week, when they spotted that the statutory notice had been served on West Sussex County Council rather than Surrey. Their letter to Harlequin appears to admit some responsibility for the resultant delay, since the error should presumably have been detected before the application was declared valid by Waverley on 26th March. This mistake will postpone FTTC activation for cabinet 18 by an estimated 2 to 3 months. The invalid notification was sent by William Osborne of the Harlequin Group on 23/03/12. A similar delay to cabinet 20 was caused by the rejection of proposals to place the new equipment in front of a grade 2* listed cottage, for which Mr Osborne was also responsible. The Harlequin Group act as agents for many planning applications for BT Openreach works, and are contracted to perform the surveying and installation for new Openreach FTTC cabinets. The revised planning application for cabinet 18 has a decision target of 15th July.
Meanwhile, FTTC could be activated at cabinet 19 any time now, since Walter observed fibre and telemetry cables being connected to the new equipment over the weekend. There is still no apparent progress on cabinet 6, but Mike has been told again that the planning issue is still actively being resolved.