carwash sign

November 30, 2013 by Sufyan Mohammed in forum Planning Forum

#344 Sufyan Mohammed, 30 November 2013, 07:41

i have a petrol station in stockport, where i had a jetwash bay, which i have now turned into a handcarwash. the bay where we wash cars had a huge dirty old white wall backing it,roughly the size of a big billboard. i covered the whole wall with a very expensive poster advertising the hand carwash, and the making the place look far better than it did. i have now been told by the council i have to remove the poster as i didnt have any planning permision for it, now i am stuck as they simply say if applied, will be refused, and will give no directions as to what is allowed and what isnt. do i really need planning permission to cover a dirty wall on private land?

#345 Sufyan Mohammed, 30 November 2013, 07:43

bare in mind if i do take the poster down, the hand carwash has to close, putting 3 people out of work, and then leaves me the issue with advertising the jetwash. i would still have to let the public know that it has changed back to a jetwash, how would i go about that without a poster on MY wall?

#346 Farooq, 2 December 2013, 09:26

From what you have said, it appears as if the poster advertising your hand car wash requires 'express consent' from your Local Council's Planning Department. This is an application - similar to a planning application and requires you to provide details (e.g. a plan), form and fees. What the Council appear to be saying is that, even if you apply, there is something they can clearly see that they don't like.

Given you have a running business and the signage is integral to the ongoing success of the car wash, I would seek independent planning advice on your options as soon as possible. We are a Chartered Town Planning Consultancy and you can get in touch with us on [email protected] or 07932 438224.

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