Estate Agency Boards in Conservation Areas

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Tuesday 19 August 2003 9.58am
Does anyone know if there are any controls affecting the size of estate agency boards in general, but Conservation Areas in particular?

The Commercial boards in Bermondsey Street seem to be getting bigger and bigger, and with less scaffolding up now their negative impact is more and more evident. I know in Westminster they are restricted to a certain, small, size, and can only be in black and white. Why not here?
Tuesday 19 August 2003 10.55am
It's horribly complicated - there is a "deemed consent" for "temporary" estate agent's boards.

Class 3(A) permits boards to be displayed by such firms as estate agents, chartered surveyors, auctioneers and valuers, advertising that land or premises are for sale or to let. The advertisement board for each sale or letting must not exceed, if the sale or letting is for agricultural, industrial or commercial use or development for such use, 2 square metres; but, if two boards are joined together to form a single advertisement, a total surface area of 2.3 square metres is permitted. If the sale or letting is for residential use or development, the advertisement board must not exceed 0.5 of a square metre, or a total area of 0.6 of a square metre for two joined boards. No advertisement board is allowed to extend outwards from the wall of a building by more than 1 metre. In each case only one board may be displayed on premises and this must be removed not later than 14 days after completion of the sale or granting of the tenancy.

Westminster, K&C, and Camden have got the Secretary of State to pass a "direction order" which removes the deemed consent, but I think that this only applies in the areas of the planned georgian estates and squares , where street vistas are considered particularly important.

See for the Planning Policy Guidance Note 19 Outdoor Advertisement Control - especially paras 22 to 28.

and for ODPM's "Guide for advertisers"

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