Pink facade accepted in London conservation area

An inspector has approved the painting pink of a property in a north-west London conservation area finding no harm to the appearance and character of the conservation area or setting of nearby listed buildings.

The property was identified as an unlisted building of merit in the council’s conservation area audit and the inspector agreed it make a positive contribution to the character and quality of the local area. The council had objected to the proposed colour of the house because it was at variance with the provisions set out in the audit and another council guidance document on the painting of stucco. These documents set out that buildings that formed part of a unified group should always be painted in the established colour and in a limited range of shades, avoiding disrupting the unity of terraces and groups. The council maintained that buildings in the area were historically painted white or off-white in colour. 

The inspector disagreed and considered there was no prevailing colour in the properties along the street nor within the surrounding streets. Whilst some properties were painted in white and off-white, she noted there were several examples of properties including a number of grade II listed buildings, painted in other colours including creams, yellows, greys, greens and pinks, some of which were bolder and more prominent than the subtle pink of the appeal property which had already been carried out. The inspector also held that the property did not directly relate to the character and design of other properties in the street except its nearest neighbour, but this had a brickwork façade. She concluded that as it was detached and did not form part of a unified group, the proposal was not in conflict with the adopted policy or guidance. 

Inspector: Rachael Pipkin; Written representations

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