Hoardings worsen appearance of rundown building

Three advertisement hoardings in front of a vacant and rundown Royal Mail sorting office in Northamptonshire were rejected because they would harm visual amenity.

An inspector observed that the former sorting office, conceived and designed in the brutalist style, was a large, striking and prominent building. Due to its boarded up windows, palisade security fencing, various signs and general unkempt state, the building appeared unattractive in the streetscape. He considered that due to the building’s monolithic scale, the panel signs would not screen the building and thereby mitigate its current unhappy appearance.

However, because of their number, size and location, they would nevertheless be prominent and would tend to dominate the site frontage at street level. Further, because of their prominence they would serve to exacerbate the harm that the semi-derelict building had on the amenity of the area by adding to the general level of clutter.

Inspector Philip Willmer; Written representations


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