Planning appeal to Government over sign debate

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 June 2015

Tutto's restaurant on Princess Royal Square.

Tutto's restaurant on Princess Royal Square.

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A FORMER restaurant tenant in Weston has appealed to Government planners after being refused permission to display advertising signs – after they were put up.

While running the building as Tutto, the lease-holders Mead Ellis Ltd put up four signs on the outside of the Beach Road restaurant.

The four signs screwed onto its exterior walls advertise the restaurant, Puxton Park and Steep Holm boat cruises.

Mead Ellis Ltd did not have planning permission to do this, and so applied for retrospective approval in December last year.

Sutherland Property and Legal Services submitted the application on behalf Mead Ellis Ltd.

The application said: “As the building has a unique, modern appearance when compared to other buildings within the conservation area, this enables the advertisements to blend with the fabric of the building in a more complimentary way than they would with other buildings in the conservation area.”

Weston Town Council said it had no objections to the plans in January, but North Somerset Council refused the plans in February.

The building changed hands in April when North Somerset Council agreed Mead Ellis Ltd could sublet the building, and it is now called Salvatore’s, but the signs remain and the planning debate rumbles on.

In the council’s refusal notice planning officer Tom Isbell said: “Pier Square received significant public investment several years ago in order to provide a high quality area of public realm on the seafront.

“The improvements in the appearance of Pier Square were reflected in the design of the Tutto’s building, which was designed to accord with the improved character of the renovated Pier Square.

“The banner advertisement has a temporary appearance and this detracts from the character and appearance of the substantial works which were carried out to improve the Pier Square area, which has been acknowledged in previous appeal decisions as a key focal point in the Beach Lawns conservation area.

“The advertisement does not preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the conservation area and therefore causes harm to the amenity of the area.”

Mead Ellis Ltd’s agents wrote to the Government planning inspectorate to lodge an appeal.

Both parties have submitted their evidence and the inspector is due to make a decision in the coming weeks.

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