Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Be Aware of the Laws Covering Hoardings; Commercial Property Who's Planning What? Wardhadaway

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Be Aware of the Laws Covering Hoardings; Commercial Property Who's Planning What? Wardhadaway

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Byline: Lois Lovely

NEW planning rules on advertising mean that any hoardings with planning permission granted before April this year will have to be removed by April 2012.

Although this is a long way off, it is still worth being aware of the ongoing planning issues associated with advertising hoardings, especially if you are developing land or buildings which incorporate such structures.

The advertisement control system in England is part of the planning control system and new rules have recently been issued in the form of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) regulations.

Local Planning Authorities are responsible for deciding whether a particular advertisement should be permitted or not. If an LPA refuses consent for your advertisement or requires you to remove an existing advertisement you can appeal.

An advertisement for the purposes of the regulations could include, among an extensive list, a poster, placard, fascia or projecting sign, pole or canopy signand a town or village name signs.

There are three different kinds of outdoor advertisement:

Advertisements that are excluded from the LPA's direct control - there are nine classes of this type of advertisement.

Advertisements for which the rules give 'deemed' consent. There are 14 classes of this type. It means that the LPA's consent is not needed, provided the advertisement is within the rules.

Advertisements for which the LPA's express consent is always needed.

Such an advertisement might be an illuminated sign, fascia signs and projecting signs on shop fronts above a certain height and gable end adverts.

All outdoor advertisements must be kept clean and tidy and in a safe condition, have the permission of the owner of the site on which they are displayed, not obscure official transport signage and be removed carefully when required by the LPA.

Changes to the control of outdoor advertisements were sought in 1999 and many of the changes proposed at that time have been incorporated into the new regulations. …

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