The Chelsea Society considers that in the age of the mobile phone there are far too many ugly telephone kiosks cluttering the streets of Chelsea, and they now exist mainly to generate revenue for advertising companies. They are not properly maintained, and they are often used as hoardings for unacceptable advertising. The Planning Committee of the Society has therefore objected to many of the recent applications for additional kiosks.
Currently phones kiosks benefit from ‘permitted development’ rights, and therefore do not need planning permission. Outside conservation areas they also benefit from deemed advertisement
consent. Cumulatively this increases street furniture and advertisement ‘clutter’.
Introducing a regulation 7 direction for parts of the borough outside conservation areas, would give the opportunity to fully assess the impact of these kiosks and adverts through the formal planning application process.
The Society was therefore pleased to see that RBKC has made Key Decision 05020/17/P/A to make application to the Secretary of State for a Regulation 7 Direction to remove deemed advertising consent for the display of advertisements on public call boxes outside conservation areas, with an implementation date of 24th April 2017.[last updated 29.4.17]