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26th November 2009

Ripon Civic Society has welcomed the decision by the Planning Inspectorate to back Harrogate Borough Council’s refusal of planning permission for four illuminated advertisement boards at the Broadway BP filling station on North Street.

The Society objected to the original proposal for the signs, which would have added to the clutter in the street. It pointed out that internally-illuminated signs are not permitted in the Ripon Conservation area, according the Harrogate Borough Council’s planning guidelines.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘The rules about advertisements are in place to protect the city from unnecessary and disfiguring signs. There are often attempts to install internally-illuminated signs outside shops and other commercial premises. The Civic Society recognises that businesses need to let customers know they are there, but there needs to be an awareness of the wider picture, too.

‘In the case of the BP signs the application was not for a name sign but for advertising, which we considered unnecessary and intrusive. We are very pleased that both Harrogate Borough Council and the Planning Inspectorate have rejected the application. The Society will continue to be vigilant in this matter.’

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