Council violates own planning laws with giant poster
November 23, 2011 by Lyndon
A council in Yorkshire has violated its own planning laws by erecting a giant poster in the town centre – without first applying for permission to do so.
Rotherham Council put up a giant poster advertising the town’s Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime on the side of the Arts Centre in the town. However, the council failed to first apply for planning permission to add the poster before it was put up. This puts the council in violation of their own planning rules. The poster is 25 feet by 15 feet in size and was produced using full colour printing.
Basingstoke is another town that is set to play host to a pantomime this festive season. The production of Peter Pan is set to be held at The Anvil Theatre in Basingstoke and is being advertised using posters and flyers. At the time of reporting, they had; like many other local councils, managed to advertise the production without violating any planning rules. Rotherham Council’s blunder looks set to go down in history and the local resident who have fallen foul of similar violations in the past are unlikely to let the council forget about it any time soon.
A spokesperson for Rotherham Council commented on the matter, saying:
“The complexities of advertising consent does allow for temporary posters, if they are within a certain size range, to advertise local cultural events. However, in this case the poster, which has been erected for six months at a time, does exceed that size range and does require consent. The poster will not be removed, but an application will not be made to retain it until January. Once removed in January the poster will not be erected on that particular site again as the Arts Centre is to be demolished as part of the regeneration of the site.”