Basepoint set to decline chance to speak at committee

Ropetackle Shoreham JPET Jul15
Ropetackle Shoreham JPET Jul15

BOSSES of business centre Basepoint have declined an invitation to attend Adur District Council’s planning committee to clear up concerns about its signage.

The committee demanded answers from the firm last month, after it requested that an old planning application be determined for ‘Basepoint’ only lettering on the Ropetackle building.

The request caused confusion, as the plans could technically grant the removal of the @Ropetackle lettering, approved by the committee as a compromise solution following widespread objections from residents.

But despite the committee deferring the application so Basepoint could address the committee, the firm said it did not think it ‘necessary’ to attend.

It stated: “As you know, we have now erected all the signage in accordance with the consent and it is not my intention to       alter this if the original application is approved by committee, which I believe it should                             be, given there are no planning considerations for a refusal which evidenced by your own report recommending it.”

Basepoint requested a full refund of the application fee in return for withdrawing the application.

Council officers, meanwhile, say there is ‘no justification’ for a refund, noting their disappointment at Basepoint declining to attend.

The application will return to the committee tonight (Monday, September 28), with the recommendation to approve the application despite the issues surrounding it.

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