Are there be any additional charges to the order as a result of construction being required?
The closure of the roads/paths/lanes (in order for the external circuit build to commence), usually fall within the operator’s parameters of what they are able to perform without the need for additional outside funding.
However this is very much determined by the location of the service. After discovering the need for construction work the operator has to then quantify the need for any specialist equipment (i.e. surface-breakers, hoist) needed to deliver the service.
What happens if the local council declines the operator’s request for a permit?
Although rare, the operator will then consider searching for an alternative route in order to bypass the area in question. Typically this occurs in areas identified as protected under a Section 58 restriction (which prohibits all utilities companies from performing any digging/excavation work within a specific area/location).
However there is never a guarantee that a variable reroute will be found. In many causes the only route will be the one selected during the initial planning stage.
The most common issue with local authorities, is actually them agreeing to a date for the works to commence. Especially a timely date. The local authority has to take into account the best time of day/week for the works to be performed on, what type of work specifically has been requested, the effect the works will have on any local business & residents, and also the scale of the management required.
When a local council does decline a request, and we have exhausted all avenues (i.e alternate routes) without a feasible solution being found. We have had some success with the customer contacting their local MP. Explaining that there is a significant business impact caused by the delay can be something that your local MP can assist with.