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Letting Boards

Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007: Renewal of Regulation 7 Direction Restricting Deemed Consent for Residential 'To Let' Boards in part of Inner North West Leeds - January 2015 PUBLIC CONSULTATION

Leeds City Council wishes to renew the existing Regulation 7 Direction in part of Inner North West Leeds which removes deemed consent for the display of letting boards. The current Regulation 7 Direction will expire on 1st February 2015.  The Council has re-applied to the Secretary of State to renew the Direction on the basis of the same Direction Area which currently exists for a further period of five years.

A copy of the Statement submitted to the Secretary of State alongside a copy of the map of the proposed Direction Area for renewal and a copy of the notice published in the local press and London Gazzette can be downloaded from the Documents tab to the left of this page.  These can also be inspected at the City Development Department, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds, LS2 8HD during opening hours.  Any representations to the making of the Direction should be made by 30th January 2015 to the Secretary of State at c/o Mr Kim Chowns, DCLG, 3rd Floor, Fry Building, NE Quarter, 2 Marsham St, London, SW1P 4DF quoting reference DIRECTION2015. 

Letting Board Code

A new version of the Letting Board Code has now been adopted from the 3rd January 2013 following public consultation (available from Documents tab on the left).  This is a set of rules which determine how and where letting boards can be displayed on residential properties in the Area of Special Advertisement Control.  Letting boards displayed in compliance with the Code will not be subject to enforcement action by the Council.

The Area of Special Advertisement Control (also known as a Regulation 7 Direction) is in operation in parts of Headingley and Hyde Park and Woodhouse wards.  The current Area of Special Advertisement Control has been in effect since 1st February 2010.  It was introduced because the large number of letting boards was having a harmful impact on the character and visual appearance of the area.  Within this area letting boards need consent (usually they do not need it).

The Council recognises that it would be unreasonable to require property owners to apply for advertisement consent for every new letting board in the area and have therefore produced the Letting Board Code.
The Planning Enforcement team conduct regular surveys of the Area of Special Advertisement Control and will seek to take enforcement action against property owners who display boards which are not in compliance with the Code.  The Code is also in operation, on a voluntary basis, within the Area of Housing Mix as designated by Policy H15 of the Leeds Unitary Development Plan (Review) 2006.

Copies of the following documents can be found under the ‘Documents’ tab at the bottom of this page:
• Map of the Area of Special Advertisement Control
• Map of the Area of Housing Mix
• The Letting Board Code
• A Map Book showing the longer street designated blocks
• Revisions to the Letting Board Code and Public Consultation – Delegated decision report (30th November 2012)​

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