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Norwich hair salon told to repaint by council after choosing a wrong shade of grey

PUBLISHED: 07:18 14 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 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

It is said there are many shades of the colour grey - at least 50 according to a certain work of literature.

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

However, one building’s particular hue has been deemed unfit by a city council, which is taking measures to change it.

Enforcement action has been taken against a Norwich hair salon, after designers painted it the wrong shade of the colour.

StandenMay salon, on Magdalen Street, is in a listed building and at the beginning of 2017 was painted dark grey, as the new business moved in.

However, the shade of paint used was not one of the 33 shades approved for facades of listed buildings, or the 34 permitted for joinery - as set out by Norwich City Council.

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: “The planning application itself took three or four days of my time and when we received approval we were told we had three years to get the work done.

“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.”

A colour chart showing the 33 colours listed buildings in Norwich can be painted. Picture: Norwich City CouncilA colour chart showing the 33 colours listed buildings in Norwich can be painted. Picture: Norwich City Council

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

She added: “We feel a bit picked on to be honest - there is a real community feel in this area and none of our neighbours have had any problem. Some of them are even painted the same colour.

“Surely there are more important things the council could be doing than chasing us over this? We feel very unsupported as a small business.”

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

Grey building vox pop: Kevan Alderton Picture: David HannantGrey building vox pop: Kevan Alderton Picture: David Hannant

“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.”

Grey building vox pop: Fergus Muir. Picture: David HannantGrey building vox pop: Fergus Muir. Picture: David Hannant

Grey building vox pop: Peter and Norma Jablonowski Picture: David HannantGrey building vox pop: Peter and Norma Jablonowski Picture: David Hannant

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