Draft Shopfront Design Guide Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - July 2019

Document Section Draft North Somerset Council Shopfront Design Guide - July 2019 Background [View all comments on this section]
Comment ID 1019201//1
Respondent Wrington Parish Council [View all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 12 Aug 2019
Comment

RESPONSE TO NORTH SOMERSET COUNCIL’S CONSULTATION ON ITS DRAFT SHOPFRONT DESIGN GUIDE SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT, JULY 2019

 

All subsequent comments cite pages and paragraphs headed and numbered in the pdf version of the document.

Page 7 –1.2 – Why is shopfront design important?

Para 2 appears to begin in the middle of a sentence, indicating that some text is absent. Please address by inserting the missing text or deleting text which is extraneous.

Para 3 – Some of the conclusions promulgated as influential in increasing visitors are drawn without any underpinning evidence being produced, and are therefore open to challenge. If conclusions are to be drawn, they must be evidentially based.  Please re-visit with relevant evidence or withdraw.

Page 9 – Key Principles.

Principle No.3, use of the adjectives ‘oversized’, ‘over-assertive’ and ‘brash’ are very subjective. It would be more appropriate to relate the adjectives to a tangible context and the following words are suggested as an alternative;-

“…..inappropriate in size, colour or design to the premises being advertised and in keeping with the local vernacular.”

 

Figure 2 defines to component parts of a shopfront, including the word ‘Sill’, which is defined in the Glossary of Terms, but headed in bold type as ‘Cill’ as ‘The horizontal members at the bottom of a window or door frame often timber but sometimes granite or bronze or with a brass cill plate.’

Elsewhere in the draft document ( eg Figure 3 (ii), 3.4 (final paragraph), 3.5 (end of paragraph 1) and 3.7 (paragraph 2) the word ‘cill’ is utilised.

The word ‘sill’ is that in more common usage (according to the Oxford Dictionary), but whichever version is to be used, it should be consistent throughout the document.

Page 29 - Key Principle 6

The penultimate paragraph needs to be re-visited as there appears to be an erroneous incursion which makes no sense with the paragraph’s opening words.

General Comments

This Council is supportive of the draft document, subject to the above comments, and agrees with the principles set out to enhance and conserve shopfront design throughout North Somerset and with particular reference to Conservation Areas and changes of use.

Wrington Parish Council

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Silver Street

Wrington

Bristol, BS40 5QE

01934 863984 / clerk_wrington@hotmail.com

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