Retrospective listed building consent has been refused for the painting of the exterior of a ground floor Glasgow bar in a burgundy colour (DCS Number 400-009-896). The appellant explained that since taking on the lease in 2012 the business had attracted core regulars but had struggled to attract passing trade, customers having indicated that a common problem was identifying the bar as a separate entity from the hotel above (…and that was before they’d had a drink?! Anyway…). Since the burgundy paint was applied business in the bar had increased by about 30 per cent. The reporter took particular exception to the clash between the burgundy colour and the cream colour of the hotel.
The overall result might be something of an assault on the eyes and, of course, the council and the reporter are charged with considering the impact on the listed building as a whole. It does seem a shame, though, to lose a spot of colour which might cheer up a dreich Glasgow day, could be regarded as a manifestation of the city’s well known brio, and has increased the viability of the business. Perhaps the city elders and their advisers will be able to use their ingenuity to find a creative and positive way forward.
The following DCP chapter is relevant: 27.2328