Back in April I wrote about the huge advertising hoarding that had appeared on the corner of Camberwell Green, and I wrote an email to Southwark Council regarding it. Stuart, a regular visitor, did likewise, and today he received a reply:
I can confirm that the hoarding is unauthorised and as such constitutes a breach of planning control. It is considered to be totally unacceptable in visual amenity terms given its size and position on this prominently located building in Camberwell Green. It is therefore the subject of formal enforcement action to secure its removal. Accordingly, a report has been drafted recommending the service of formal notices (served under section 11 of the London Local Authorities Act 1995)l. The instructions for the Legal department to issue these notices will be dispatched this week. Importantly, there is no right of appeal against such notices, unlike standard planning enforcement notices and the Council is empowered to take direct action to remove unlawful hoardings unless the advertiser removes them as required by the notice. Planning Enforcement is committed to using these robust powers and we are using them to secure the removal of the advertisement hoarding on the flank wall of 76 Denmark Hill.
I haven’t had any reply yet, so maybe I wrote to the wrong department.