BCP Council (Poole Area): Neil McKeon has recently won an appeal against BCP Council and secured express consent for new replacement illuminated signage at Rockwater restaurant and bar on Pinecliff Road, Poole.

BCP Council refused the signage application due to unjustified harm to a non-designated heritage asset and Branksome Park and Chine Gardens Conservation Area. This objection was by virtue of its material finish, colour and illuminated nature being unsympathetic and not respecting the amenity of the area.

The applicant instructed Pure Town Planning to challenge the Council’s refusal at appeal. The appeal submission included a robust analysis of the previous planning history in respect to established signage dating back to 2002. The submission also detailed how the new illuminated signage would not have any harmful impact upon the existing building or the conservation area and was supported by extensive visuals of the site during the day/night time operation hours to demonstrate the suitability of the signage.

To complement the redevelopment and extension of the site to the more contemporary design Rockwater bar/restaurant, the signage reflects the materials of the main building with illumination to blend into the background. The Inspector agreed with this assessment, confirming the successful integration of the signage into the modern extension. The illuminated signage was considered to be of a high quality design which remained low key at night and not creating any harm to the non-designated heritage asset or the conservation area when viewed from Pinecliff Road – thereby allowing the appeal and granting express consent.

If you have recently been refused planning permission and would like to discuss the appeal option, then why not call Pure Town Planning on 01202 585524, or email info@puretownplanning.co.uk to see how we can help you.