95 Cowley Road Oxford OX4 1HR
10 April 2018
Replacement of existing external signage, erection of new external fence to form an outdoor seating area and new external lighting.
We note that planning application 18/00422/FUL has now been resubmitted with the addition of a heritage statement as 18/00423/LBC. The application would in other ways appear to be the same.
The heritage statement is now attached. The building is Grade 2 Listed and is very attractive. The proposed changes do not contribute positively to the building or its setting. The current signage is in an appropriate Arts & Crafts style. The proposed modern lettering of the new signage is inappropriate. The proposed additional two daily information boards will add clutter to the facade.
The proposed new ‘external fence / outdoor seating’ benches will block the view of the architecture.
The festooned lighting hanging from the fence will obscure the building, in contrast with the present lighting which illuminates it. The proposed two crown cork Big Society logos on the seating are not in keeping. Whilst the aspiration of maintaining the viability of the pub is strongly supported, there is no evidence that the proposals are necessary. They will do nothing for the streetscape or character of Cowley Road, where historic photographs reveal the mess of modern signage compared with the elegance of the signage contemporary to the architecture. The proposed changes here reinforce that point and should be refused.