Discontinuance notice quashed at consented mosque signs

In deciding to strike down a discontinuance notice directed at three signs displayed at a mosque in west London an inspector has concluded that they did not cause substantial injury to the amenity of the locality.

A previous appeal to retain the signs along with others on the building had been dismissed in 2013, with a different inspector at the time concluding that the signs were intrusive and detracted from the surrounding area. However, the appellant was advised that the three signs over a door leading into the building benefited from deemed consent and these were subject to the discontinuance notice, the council relying on the previous inspector’s conclusions.

Consistency in decision-making was important, the second inspector held, but he was unable to accept his colleague’s conclusion that they were in any way harmful. They comprised three small scale signs in keeping with the use of the host building and were typical of similar signs on other religious buildings. The building itself was small in scale compared with others in the vicinity and since deemed consent was a right granted by Parliament it should not be taken away lightly. In his view, they did not cause substantial injury to amenity and held that they could remain by quashing the notice.

Inspector: Simon Hand; Hearing

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