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Illuminated Signs

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what plans he has for changing controls of illuminated signs and advertisements on business premises in conservation areas and in towns and villages generally.

On 28 October last year my Department issued a consultation paper canvassing proposals for amending the Town aand Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) Regulations 1984 so as to provide "deemed consent" for certain types of illuminated advertisement displayed on "business premises", possibly including premises in conservation areas. The comments submitted in response to the consultation paper are being considered and my right hon. Friend hopes to make an announcement in due course.