Agents in Douglas on the Isle of Man have agreed to a voluntary code governing the size of their For Sale and To Let boards, in a deal which could be mirrored in other locations.
Under the agreement agents will use large-format 5’ x 4’ (1.5 x 1.2m) projecting ‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards in wider streets.
In narrower streets, boards will be limited to 2’6 x 1’9 (0.8 x 0.6m).
The agreement also allows for large-format boards to be used in narrower streets if they are positioned on the inside of premises’ windows or used as window decals.
At first the code is to apply to commercial agents' boards but may also be used for residential advertising.
"We drew up this agreement in response to concerns about the proliferation of agents’ large signboards protruding into narrow streets, which are not only out of scale with the surroundings, but also, and more importantly, give the impression of a high level of vacant units" says a spokesman for the Douglas Development Partnership.
*The original version of this article contained a mistaken reference to Douglas being situated on the Isle of Wight, this has now been corrected.