Sunday 4 January 2009 4.44pm
A local estate agent, displaced by the proposed railway viaduct, has relocated to refurbished offices in Borough High Street
, identified by a shop front partly painted in a garish, aggressive shade of pinkish-red. This may well be one of their corporate colours, but[imo]is a very ugly change to that relatively attractive section of Borough High Street
which is part of a conservation area. This is presumably in a desperate attempt to attract attention [they are next door to Fields and not far from two other agents offices]. The combination of colours is similar to Chicken Shack a few doors away, which manages to be less obtrusive!
The colour has also been painted over the natural stone facade of lower part of the building, and they have [I assume] had to acquire planning permission to do this. If so, I am surprised it was granted, because I have personal experience of Southwark Council
s 'sensitivity' about external paint colours on a building in the same conservation area. However, my attempts to search the councils planning register only result in my computer going on strike - anyone able to check?