I have been chasing up the Planning Officer in respect of the application for illuminated signs at the new BP/M & S service station. I particularly wanted to know what conditions might be placed on hours of illumination. Set out below is the reply I received ultimately, after a few exchanges of correspondence. 

“The Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 provides deemed consent and requires express consent for certain signage.  This is a separate legislative regime to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, which directs that all operations or work falling within the statutory definition of ‘development’ require planning permission.  Therefore, the Local Planning Authority cannot grant advertisement consent under a planning application.  The applicant did suggest the presence of some signage on the proposed elevation plans.  

It seems sensible to me to align any condition restricting the use of illumination with the hours of use, which are 0700 to 2200.” 

I am keen to ensure that residents are content with the way forward in the final sentence.