Cloud over Sunshine Cafe after signage permission refused

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A cafe in Spalding will have to tidy up some of its signage after complaints it was unsuitable in a conservation area.

The Sunshine Cafe and Restaurant, in Bridge Street, had applied for retrospective planning permission for advertising signage already in place.

Councillors at South Holland District Council planning committee on Wednesday were told fascia signs showing what food is available at the restaurant were already along the front and sides of the shop and there was a hanging sign to the side.

As it is in Spalding Conservation Area, the town’s Civic Society objected to the number of signs displayed, which include fascias, window etchings, canopy fringes, banners, wall displays and A boards.

The planning officer concluded objections appeared to relate to advertising signs that did not form part of the application and had therefore recommended councillors approved the retrospective plan.