Paint must be removed from shopfront stonework

Starbucks Coffee Company failed to secure the retention of green paint on the stonework of a shopfront in a central London conservation area, an inspector finding that it harmed the heritage asset.

The premises was one of a run of retail units located on the ground floor of an early 20th century building which was listed grade II. A retrospective application for listed building consent to retain the green paint finish to the inset shopfront had been granted consent subject to a condition that required no green paint to the stonework.

The inspector remarked that the paint used was of a particularly vibrant hue and, due to its extensive use on the shopfront as well as the surrounding stone dressing, was particularly jarring and obtrusive, such that it rendered the building an unwelcome intrusion into the conservation area. He considered that the painting of the stone in the same colour as the rest of the shopfront made it particularly difficult to distinguish between the various architectural components of the façade.

He concluded that this seriously detracted from the architectural integrity of the appeal premises as a whole and thereby its special architectural and historic interest. He agreed with the council that the removal of the paint to the stonework would significantly enhance the condition of the building and would give the coffee shop an improved visual presence in the street scene.

Inspector Philip Willmer; Written representations

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