Historic town achieves permanent ban on all agents’ boards

Agents’ boards have been permanently banned from a town’s historic seafront.

The measure to ban both letting agent and estate agents boards in Hastings was brought in in 2009 by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Hastings councillors had been concerned over the large numbers of For Sale and To Let signs along the seafront, sometimes with more than 100 on display.

They requested that the Secretary of State remove ‘deemed consent’ for the boards, meaning that any agent wishing to erect one would have to apply for planning permission.

This consent lasted for five years. The town has now asked the Secretary of State to renew the consent in perpetuity, and this has been granted.

Cllr Peter Chowney, lead member for planning at Hastings Borough Council, said: “We are now free of the forest of estate agents’ boards on our seafront for ever.”

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4 Comments

  1. MF

    Well no doubt a prettier town for all, and a leveller playing field for agents.

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  2. Beano

    From what I know of Hastings Seafront the boards were probably enhancing it.

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  3. Woodentop

    Sounds like no-one wants to live there.

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  4. CountryLass

    Can they put them in the window?

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