|Photo from The Evening Standard, Tuesday 27th March|
Tuesday's Evening Standard ran the story also: www.standard.co.uk/news/london/
Here is Mick's report on the ATA's position and Greenwich council's decision:
Report back on Chris Kanizi's application to Greenwich Planning for retrospective approval for his Golden Chippy sign (Planning Ref. No 17/3320/A) - Mick Delap
'Chris Kanizi's application for retrospective approval for the Golden Chippy sign he installed some two years ago was rejected at Planning Committee on 13th March 2018.
'The ATA Core Group had been divided over the merits of the application, but had decided to support it because of concern about the reasons advanced by Planning for rejection, and because Chris Kanizi had been able to demonstrate that a good proportion of the Triangle's residents were on his side (of over 3,000 signatures to Chris's "save the sign" petition, some 450 are Triangle residents, and another 600 live in the Borough).
'The ATA submission to the Planning Meeting accepted that the sign aroused mixed feelings, but argued that on balance it matched the traditional culture and values of fish and chip shops, had an impeccable historic precedent (a previous 1940s sign of similar dimensions), and strong local support. As one of the guardians of the character and appearance of the Ashburnham Triangle Conservation Area, the ATA did not agree with Planning's Reason 1, that the sign damaged the visual amenity of the area sufficiently seriously to merit rejection, and harmed the setting of the listed Miller Hospital. As for Planning's Reason 2, judging that the sign's illuminations harmed the amenity of neighbouring properties, the ATA pointed out that for some time Chris Kanizi had removed all illumination from the sign, and had indicated his readiness to accept Planning Department's judgement about what if any illumination would be appropriate in the future.
'At the Planning Committee Meeting on 13th March, the responsible Planning Officer repeated the reasons for rejection. Robin Stott supported Chris Kanizi on behalf of the ATA, emphasising the removal of illumination from the sign, and the extent of ATA support. Of the three West Ward Councillors, Councillor Mehboob Khan spoke and voted as a member of Planning Committee in favour of the application. Councillor Maureen O'Mara, also a member of Planning Committee, recused herself from voting so that she could express her personal opposition to the application. Councillor Aidan Smith is a member of Planning Committee, but was not present. The Committee voted 3 to 2 to reject the application.
'Chris Kanizi has indicated he will appeal the judgement. The ATA Core Group will have an opportunity to consider its position at its next meeting in April.'