Illegal advertising signs in the North York Moors National Park are blighting scenic routes, park bosses have warned.
Members of the North York Moors National Park Authority’s planning committee will meet tomorrow to discuss clamping down on the growth of unauthorised signs which officers say are spoiling scenic routes such as the A170 road from Helmsley to Sutton Bank.
“The impact of signs and advertisements on the character and appearance of buildings, settlements and the wider landscape of the Park, can be considerable,“ said Chris France, the authority’s director of planning, in a report to the committee.
Mr France said he recognised that for many businesses the signs are an important means of attracting and directing customers and they help to support the tourism economy but he said they need to be sensitive and sympathetically placed to protect the visual amenity of the park and ensure highway safety.
He is recommending the planning committee agree a five point action plan – to raise awareness of the park’s planning policy on advertisement signs, spelling out where signs could be supported, removing unauthorised signs or urging businesses to submit an application for retrospective planning permission, and taking legal action to remove them where owners fail to co-operate.