Shoreham restaurant’s blue lights prompt enforcement action

La Galleria restaurant in East Street, Shoreham SUS-150209-093724001
La Galleria restaurant in East Street, Shoreham SUS-150209-093724001

A Shoreham restaurant’s blue lights have prompted enforcement action by the council.

The owners of East Street’s La Galleria, which is within the Shoreham Town Centre Conservation Area, have made multiple alterations to the building including new external lighting, speakers, advertisement signs, have painted the exterior grey, and installed six flags.

Adur District Council has received several complaints from members of the public over the changes and members of the Planning Committee agreed to authorise officers to take enforcement action and seek a compromise.

Officers explained that on the lighting they would look for a compromise to alter it to a ‘warm white’ and to reduce the level of luminescence, but regulations regarding flying national flags were quite generous, and on noise from the speakers it would be an issue for the council’s environmental health department.

Painting the building was covered by permitted development rights, while they would press for action to remove the additional fascia sign.

Local member Rod Hotton said that although he did not have a problem with the lights helping a business draw attention to itself he felt they were not the right colour.

He asked: “If we have a conservation area should we not have some out and out guidelines about what can and can’t be done, would that not be a sensible approach?”

Brian Boggis, chairman of the committee, added: “It’s a conservation area and we do need to preserve the character of that.”

No speakers for or against enforcement attended the meeting.

Officers said a retrospective application had been submitted for the lighting and signage but had not yet been validated.

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