Go-ahead for signs

Councillor Rob Cook
Councillor Rob Cook

COUNCILLORS have narrowly agreed plans to display five illuminated signs outside a pub in a quiet village.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee agreed the plans for the Spotted Cow pub, at The Green, in Elwick Village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

They were approved by a majority of councillors despite Elwick Parish Council raising an objection to the new signage.

The plans were discussed recently by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee and one councillor said she was not very impressed with the proposals and wouldn’t like to live opposite.

But the plans were eventually agreed by the majority, by seven votes to five.

The application site, The Spotted Cow, is a locally listed public house, dating from around the 19th Century, located within Elwick conservation area.

Planning officers confirmed the neighbouring property, The Forge is a grade II listed building, and the pub faces onto the green within the village.

A planning report to councillors said: “Advertisement consent is sought for the display of five illuminated signs at The Spotted Cow, at The Green, in Elwick, Hartlepool.

“The proposed signage would include lettering to the front elevation and one spotted cow logo and lettering to the side elevation, illuminated by existing floodlights.”

The report added: “Elwick Parish Council wishes to place on record it’s objection to the new modern look pub sign at the Spotted Cow, and indeed to the new colour scheme for the pub, which councillors believe are not in keeping with the traditional village pub.

“Many villagers have expressed their dislike of the new sign, which they feel is more appropriate to a town or estate pub.”

Chris Pipe, the council’s planning services manager, said: “We do believe that the signage is appropriate to the Grade II listed building and the conservation area.

“The recommendation is to approve.”

Labour councillor Sheila Griffin said she was not very impressed, adding: “I would not like to live opposite.”

A proposal was put forward to go on a site visit and a vote was taken but it was tied at six votes each so Labour councillor Rob Cook, chairman of the committee, had the deciding vote and was not in favour.

A vote was then taken and the plans were approved by seven votes to five.