Board ban in conservation areas and town centres
Camden Council has been successful in gaining additional controls to control the blight of estate agent boards across the borough. From the 10 July, estate agent boards cannot be displayed in conservation areas and all town centres unless advertisement consent is obtained.
“We are delighted that we have been successful in gaining additional powers to restrict estate agent boards which are often eyesores, adding unnecessary clutter to our streets.
“Across the borough there are examples of estate agents disregarding the regulations, displaying numerous boards per building and keeping them up for months, if not years, despite properties being sold or let.
“The proposals were supported by the vast majority who responded to our consultation. The removal of these boards has previously taken up valuable Council resources and I look forward to these additional controls having a positive impact on streets across the borough.”
The government have approved additional controls and a Regulation 7 Direction of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations 2007. This removes the rights granted by the Advertisement Regulations to display Estate Agents Boards at properties in these areas without the need for advertisement consent.
A regulation which prohibits the display of estate agent boards was in place across six of conservation area (Hampstead, South Hill Park, South Hampstead, Belsize Park, Fitzjohn/Netherhall and Redington/Frognal conservation areas) and a section of West End Lane, NW6. The new regulation significantly extends the controls to cover all conservation areas and our town centres.
They made this Direction on 17 June 2020.
decision letter from MHCLG 17.6.20
This removes the rights granted by the Advertisement Regulations to display Estate Agents Boards at properties in these areas without the need for advertisement consent.
On 27 September 2019 we asked the Secretary of State to consider a request from the Council that a Borough-Wide Regulation 7 Direction be made. If approved advertisement consent will be required to display any estate agent board in Camden.
View the application letter and associated documents
JS1 Assessment of the character, geography and built form of the London Borough of Camden. This lengthy document proceeds on a ward-by-ward basis and describes all 18 of Camden’s wards
JS3 Surveys of streets and spaces carried out during 2018 and 2019
JS4 Local Plan visual amenity and heritage policies