Extra control over adverts removed

An inspector deleted a condition imposed by a London council on express consent granted under advertisement regulations for digital display screens on an InLink unit in the town centre, foiling a possible attempt to prevent deemed consent.

The council had imposed a condition specifying a five-year limited period for the permission. The inspector pointed out that all advertisements are subject to the standard conditions set out in Schedule 2 of the Advertisement Regulations, which include a standard five-year period condition. He also highlighted that PPG states that a condition should never be imposed because the local planning authority wishes to prevent the operation of Class 14 in Schedule 3 of the Regulations whereby advertisements displayed after the expiry of express consent have deemed consent granted, and the effect of the condition in dispute was to prevent the operation of Class 14.

In the absence of any specific and relevant planning justification given in the reasons for imposing the condition, the inspector decided that it was not necessary and reasonable in the interests of amenity or public safety and allowed the appeal, deleting the condition. 

Inspector: Christian Ford; Written representations


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