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Poll results: Should Norwich hair salon be forced to repaint?

PUBLISHED: 10:34 15 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:24 15 July 2018

Owners of Standenmay hair Salon, in Magdalen Street, Norwich, are in dispute with Norwich City Council about the colour of their building. Salon manager, Ellie Denny (left) with assistant technical director, Lucy McCabe. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Owners of Standenmay hair Salon, in Magdalen Street, Norwich, are in dispute with Norwich City Council about the colour of their building. Salon manager, Ellie Denny (left) with assistant technical director, Lucy McCabe. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2018

When it come to this hair salon’s shop front, there is no grey area - you love it.

For when we asked you to say whether StandenMay salon on Magdalen Street in Norwich should be forced to repaint, the verdict was clear.

Out of 2,000 people responding to our online poll, 78pc (1,560 people) said no, while 22pc (440 people) said Norwich City Council was right to insist on a different shade.

Enforcement action has been taken against the salon after designers painted it in a shade that is not on the approved list. It is in a listed building and at the beginning of 2017 was painted dark grey, as the new business moved in.

It was not one of the 33 shades approved for facades of listed buildings, or the 34 permitted for joinery.

Owners of Standenmay hair Salon, in Magdalen Street, Norwich, are in dispute with Norwich City Council about the colour of their building.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYOwners of Standenmay hair Salon, in Magdalen Street, Norwich, are in dispute with Norwich City Council about the colour of their building. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

In December, the owners were given permission to repaint the exterior in an off-white, however with the building still grey, the city council has taken action to move the process along.

Ellie Denny, the salon’s manager, said the situation had been “extremely frustrating” for the business.

She said: “We’re still a new business and it is going to be costly for us to do, so we budgeted to do it next summer - then we received the enforcement notice.”

Miss Denny said the re-painting the building would cost between £4,000 and £5,000.

A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “We only ever take any form of enforcement action as a last resort.

“Officers have been in regular contact with the applicant through this issue and in particular about when the work needed to be carried out, because of its listed building status.

“We very much look forward to there being a successful outcome.”

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