VOTE: Should council officials be able to tell residents what colours they can paint their properties?

Another row has been sparked over the colour of a property in Chichester.

ANOTHER row has been sparked over the colour of a property in Chichester.

A building called The Blue House must be painted white, the council has said.

Thomas Elliott, a West Wittering property developer, built the house over a former eye-sore in The Hornet.

He said: “We get complimented on the colour every day, and we chose the shade to match other Chichester properties.

“In fact there are two Grade-I-listed buildings in East Pallant, next to the planning department, painted a deeper blue than this property.”

But it wasn’t long before the council said Mr Elliott must paint the house white.

He originally waited three months for a response from the council on the colour, before going ahead to paint it blue after extensive research.

“There is a wonderful array of colours in Chichester and we wanted to stay in keeping with the vibrant city,” he said.

“Blue is a well established colour in Chichester, but if the planners had their way everything would be red-brick and painted white.”

The property is not a listed building, although many in Chichester are painted blue.

“We’ve changed it from a tacky building with an awful billboard into a much better looking property,” said Mr Elliott.

“The neighbours think it looks great. We think we’ve added to the quality of the environment.”

When the building is finished Mr Elliott will submit an application to the district council to keep The Blue House blue, and will be asking for support from residents through a petition.

This comes just a week after the council told a shop-owner in North Street his choice of purple was ‘unsympathetic’ to the surroundings.

A spokeswoman for Chichester District Council said the development is currently in breach of planning control.

She said: “With regard to the colour of the building’s walls, we have indicated to the owners that painting the property white or off-white would be more suitable and in keeping with the area. If the owner now wishes to retain the blue colour, he will need to submit a further application in order to seek approval.”

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