Hoarding screens building work in safe and secure manner

An advertisement hoarding associated with the construction of a multi-storey tower in south London has been supported by an inspector who found that it would provide a safe working environment for workers and passers-by.

The council accepted that the ascent hoarding would prevent debris from falling onto the general public but claimed that the display of text forming an advertisement infringed its policies and harmed the amenity of the area. In response, the appellant referred to other sites with lettering and logos on travelling hoardings and claimed that the use of otherwise blank space was not unusual.

There was an undoubted need for the hoarding on health, safety and construction grounds, the inspector determined, and the advertisement would be displayed for only a temporary period in an area with a mixed character. The proposed lettering was of limited size and would not be obtrusive, such that the amenity and character of the locality would not be unacceptably harmed, he decided.

Inspector: S Papworth; Written representations

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