Worthing restaurant signs and blinds decision

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AN Italian restaurant on Worthing seafront was the subject of scrutiny at a Worthing Borough Council planning meeting.

Brio Restaurant, in Marine Parade, had applied for retrospective planning permission for its three sun blinds, two fascia illuminated signs and illuminated “pub-style” sign on its premises.

At the meeting, held at Worthing Town Hall, councillors discussed if the presentation of the blinds and signs would affect the look of the Grade II-listed building.

Councillor Clive Roberts argued businesses should be supported during this economic climate.

He said: “In my opinion, I do not think the blinds detract from the look of the building, nor are they damaging it. I also do not think the illuminated signs are particularly out of character. Brio is a business which is investing in Worthing. If this is what they need to do to stay open, we should support them.”

Councillor Joan Bradley, chair of the committee, said: “This is in a conservation area and we need to get the message across that people cannot just do what they want to our architecture. We cannot set a precedent for this.”

Councillors were split in their decision to keep the sun blinds, with Joan Bradley casting the refusal vote. The committee allowed permission, however, for the signs to remain.