Hastings seafront will be free from ‘for sale’ signs for the first time ever, following a landmark decision from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Hastings Borough Council originally had permission to take away the ‘deemed consent’ for the boards, but that was only for five years and was due to expire at the end of 2014.
The council applied to renew the permission, only this time it asked to make it permanent.
Cllr Peter Chowney, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council, spoke of his delight at the decision.
“Not that long ago Hastings seafront was a forest of estate agents’ boards, indeed some national newspapers still used library photos taken then of a small number of properties almost hidden by these boards, several to each property.
“We have a fantastic, historic, seafront, and these boards were just a blot on this.”
By taking away the ‘deemed consent’ that allows estate agents to put up the signs without council approval, they will now have to apply for planning permission that the council says it will only approve in the ‘most exceptional circumstances’.