These are the Forum's representations to the planning officer in respect of the two recent planning applications:
However, a year ago planning application was approved for a third Monolith. The officer's report states the following:
DE/2019/0009: Pre-application advice was sought for the proposed installation of a FSU on Victoria Street. The plan submitted with the application indicated that the site subject to pre-application advice was near to the site subject to the current application, but on the other side of Victoria Street. The advice given at the time was that the proposals were acceptable in principle subject to confirmation of details including precise location, size, illumination and screen change.
Compare the officer's analysis of the relevant policies to our analysis of the same policies:
Policy DE6 of the Local Plan states that advertisements will not be permitted where they would harm visual or aural amenity or where they would undermine public safety. The proposal is for advertisement consent for a digital FSU. The proposed FSU is considered to be in an appropriate location. The FSU is considered to be of an acceptable size and design. Conditions can be used to ensure the FSU is silent and switched off between 11pm and 6am, to place limits on image change frequency and levels of illumination and to control the colour of the FSU housing to safeguard visual and aural amenity. It is considered that the proposals would not cause issues with public safety.
The proposed advertising is therefore considered to comply with Policy DE6.
The Paignton Neighbourhood Plan policy relevant to this application is Policy PNP1(c). This policy requires development proposals to be in keeping with the surroundings respecting scale, design, height, density, landscaping, use and colour of local materials. Subject to the conditions outlined above, it is considered that the proposal would not result in unacceptable harm to the character or visual amenities of the locality.
The proposal is therefore considered to accord with Policy PNP1(c).
Policy DE3 of the Local Plan states that development proposals should be designed to ensure an acceptable level of amenity.
Subject to the conditions outlined above, it is considered that the proposal would not result in any unacceptable harm to the amenities of neighbours.
The proposal is therefore considered to be in accordance with Policy DE3.
Policy SS10 of the Local Plan states that development proposals will be assessed against the need to conserve and enhance conservation areas while allowing sympathetic development within them. Policy PNP16 of the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan supports proposals that enhance the vitality of Victoria Street without detrimentally affecting it.
Subject to the conditions outlined above, it is considered that the proposed FSU would not be incongruous with the existing street scene, which is characterised by shop fascia signs, street trees, benches and other street furniture.
The proposal is therefore considered to be in accordance with policies SS10 and PNP16.