What is an ASCA
An Area of Special Control of Advertisements (ASCA) places additional controls on:
- what types of advertisement can be displayed
- when it its necessary to apply for consent to display an advertisement.
An ASCA may be designated where the scenic, historical, architectural or cultural features are so significant that additional restrictions on advertisements are justified to conserve the visual amenities of that area. The regulations that govern what types of permission are needed to display various types of advertisement are extremely complex and there are many factors to be considered when determining which types of consent may be required.
It is not the case that within an ASCA there is control over most advertisements but outside of the ASCA there is little control. The main differences relate to the scale of the sign and the letters/characters on it.
Review of East Devon Area of Special Control of Advertisements
The East Devon Area of Special Control of Advertisements (ASCA) covers most of East Devon and places restrictions on the type of advertisements that can be displayed.
We have reviewed whether changes should be made to the area covered and have concluded that the following places should be excluded from the Area of Special Control of Advertisements:
- Enterprise Zone
- the new town of Cranbrook
- wider parts of Axminster
- Budleigh Salterton
- Ottery St Mary
Before the changes we want to make can come into force a set of legal steps must be followed. On 20 November 2019 we submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government the following documents:
- Two certified copies of the proposed modification to the ASCA (the Order);
- A Statement of Reasons for the proposed modifications;
- A map that shows both the current and proposed ASCA boundary; and
- to comply with legal requirements a formal notice has been published in the London Gazette, the Exmouth Journal and the Midweek Herald.
The formal period for submitting objections to the changes proposed expired on the 14 January 2020 and it is understood that no comments were made. The papers have now been passed to the Planning Inspectorate so that an inspector can undertake a site visit and make a report to the Secretary of State.
The Secretary of State may then approve the Order with or without modification, but if a modification is made there will be further opportunities to make representations. Once an Order is approved (with or without modifications) a further notice must be published in the London Gazette and a local newspaper before the Order can come into force.
Maps of the areas affected by the proposed changes to the ASCA boundaries are included in the Order, but due to the large areas covered by the proposed changes we have produced additional, more detailed plans.
Land to be excluded - Site CRa
Land to be excluded - Site HOe
Ottery St Mary
Land to be excluded - Site OSMa
How we conducted the review
From 5 February 2019 until 19 March 2019 we consulted on proposals to remove large areas from the ASCA (and also to include some smaller areas). Further information, including detailed maps, the reasons for proposing changes and data protection information is available in the Consultation Document.
The consultation is now closed and the comments received were taken into account when drafting the ASCA boundaries now proposed.
Comments on February 2019 consultation
The February/March consultation was the latest stage in the process which started with the publication of a briefing paper which was considered by the Strategic Planning Committee in July 2018 (agenda and minutes).
A Guide to Review of ASCA September 2018 was sent to Ward Members and Town/Parish Councils for the areas likely to be affected and feedback received used to prepare the consultation document, which was considered by the Strategic Planning Committee on 29 January 2019 (Agenda).
The proposed changes to the area covered by the ASCA and responses to the February/March consultation were considered by the Strategic Planning Committee on 10 June 2019. It was resolved to recommend that Full Council amend the area covered by the ASCA and this was endorsed at the Council meeting on 24 July 2019.
Background to the ASCA
The ASCA was originally designated by Devon County Council in 1964 and is formally known as the 'County of Devon (North and East Devon Area of Special Control of Advertisements) Order'. The original designation documents comprise:
The Order was modified in 1986 when additional land in Exmouth was removed from the ASCA.
The Order was modified again in 2002 when land in the town centre of Ottery St Mary was removed from the ASCA.
Ottery St Mary schedule and map 2002