Enforcement action on unauthorised coloured panels on new block

Developers of a new student accommodation block have been served a planning enforcement notice ordering them to remove unauthorised brightly-coloured vinyl stickers.

The Council has issued a planning enforcement notice on the developer, J R Pickstock Ltd, of the recently-built block in the Crescent in the city centre.

The notice follows a number of complaints about the vinyl panels which have been attached to the sides of the windows all the way up the building.

The bright vinyl panels in blue, pink, red, and yellow, have been applied to the exterior of the building without Council approval, and are considered to be harmful to the appearance of the building and its surroundings.

Planning permission was granted for the development subject to conditions, but the coloured panels were put in without permission.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Planning and Housing, said the Council had received a number of complaints from members of the public and added: 

“It is important that developments in Plymouth are of the highest quality. This is a tall building in a sensitive location. It is vital that its finish takes this into consideration. Conditions are there for a reason and we will enforce them.”

The Council is in discussion with the developer about finding a suitable alternative external treatment in keeping with the quality of the adjacent conservation area.