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Another council puts squeeze on agents' To Let boards

Another local authority is considering a ban to reduce the impact - or possibly ban outright - agents' To Let boards. 

Residents in Belfast have complained to their local council about the recent proliferation of boards, especially in areas with large student populations. 

The Belfast Newsletter local paper says the council wants members of the public to give their views on whether to impose a blanket ban or set restrictions.

"We're concerned about the adverse effect the large number of To Let boards have on neighbourhoods and are exploring more effective ways of controlling them" explains planning committee chair Peter Johnston.

In Northern Ireland To Let signs (and estate agents' For Sale signs) are controlled by the Planning (Control of Advertisement) Regulations 2015.

These include a number of deemed consent categories, as in England and Wales, but the council is now asking whether the public would prefer an outright ban, or reductions in sizes, or the mounting of the boards to be mandatory flush against wallets rather than projecting from walls. 

In recent months several local authorities across the UK have undertaken similar debates.

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