I have been keeping a close eye on the planning section of my local council's website and all cabinets have been refused planning permission, due to their size and colour.
The council want them painted grey and to be half the size of conventional cabinets. OR have replied in their correspondence, that 'reducing the cabinet size by half, would reduce the number of customers by half'. Of course, that would mean doubling the number of cabinets needed to service the same amount of customers...a fact that seems lost on the planning department.
The latest ping-pong letter between the council and OR, suggests that OR are not willing to re-submit planning applications for half-height cabinets, as that would attract double the £382 planning application fee for every cabinet and double the work installing them.
Here's an extract from the one of the objection letters....
Any additional street clutter is unwelcome within the
If we must have new control boxes they should be of a character, quality ,
and design that compliments the character of the Conservation Area.
Cheap unpleasant bits of green tin appearing like a rash around the town are just another unacceptable development
What irks me, is that the council recently removed the black wrought iron street light furniture and replaced them with beige plastic lights akin to a 1995 PC case.
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