DC Casebook: Advertisements - Vivid canopy held injurious to setting

An inspector has rejected an appeal against a discontinuance notice served on a canopy in a central London conservation area, deciding that its continued display would be substantially injurious to visual amenity.

The canopy was located just below the ground-floor fascia level of a prominent street corner pub. The inspector opined that the building was an attractive Victorian structure typical of London pubs of that era and retained many of the architectural details and design features that gave them their character.

The canopy extending across much of the frontage obscured some of these details, he found. In his view, its size and vivid colour made it visually obtrusive to the extent that it dominated the building frontage. Overall, he found it harmful to the building's character and appearance and the street scene, an effect exacerbated by the absence of any similar structures in the immediate vicinity.

DCS Number 100-068-729

Inspector Paul Dignan; Hearing.


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