A ban on For Sale and To Let boards in central areas of Bath has been extended - for no less than another decade.
Because of the city centre’s UNESCO World Heritage Site status, estate and letting agents have been banned from displaying their boards in the main conservation area for 27 years already.
Now Bath & North East Somerset council has won approval from the Department of Communities and Local Government to extended the ban until 2026.
The council has written to all estate agents to explain the decision.
The decision was reached after a DCLG inspector who examined the application and spoke with UNESCO, agents and members of the council. The decision was that the return of boards “would have a harmful effect on the special architecture and character of buildings in the conservation area and on the character and appearance of the wider area.”
An issue under consideration was that agents’ boards are increasingly brightly coloured to ensure maximum impact, but in this case this was considered particularly harmful in contrast with the Bath stone from which many buildings are made.
A spokeswoman for the authority told the Bath Chronicle: "An extension to the direction preventing the display of estate agent boards will continue to allow the special architectural qualities of the City of Bath Conservation Area to be protected. The visual qualities of the conservation area are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike and the renewal of the direction means that buildings will be kept free from inappropriate signage."