City & Country’s application refused

City & Country’s (C&C) application to keep the unwelcome display boards in position on the attractive corner plot of Guinea Street and Lower Guinea Street until the end of 2025 has been refused.  These display boards have a long history:

  • January 2017: C&C apply for permission for the boards.
  • February 2017: planning permission granted for the period up to December 2019.
  • December 2019: signs not removed.
  • June 2020: C&C apply for retrospective permission for the signs to remain.
  • July 2020: permission granted ‘on a temporary basis’ and the signs to be removed by the end of May 2022 or earlier if the flats in the General were all sold.
  • May 2022: signs not removed.
  • December 2023: C&C apply for retrospective permission for the signs to remain until December 2025.

The Council give their reasons for the rejection:

The proposed permanent unjustified signs result in unnecessary visual clutter that read as
obtrusive hoardings in a prominent and highly sensitive location far away from the units
actually being advertised. Consequently the proposed works fail to preserve the Redcliffe
Conservation Area and result in detrimental visual harm to the setting of Grade II Listed

Unfortunately C&C  have a right of appeal which they must submit before 28th June. Given their past behaviour, we expect C&C to appeal. The unwelcome boards will irritate residents for some time yet.

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