Council could take legal action to remove ‘garish’ Union flag from Sheffield cake shop

Cakes R Us on Devonshire Street. Image: Andy Kershaw BBC
Cakes R Us on Devonshire Street. Image: Andy Kershaw BBC
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A Sheffield shop could be ordered to remove a ‘garish’ Union flag from its frontage by council bosses.

A report to Sheffield Council’s planning committee tomorrow states the council is considering ordering the repainting of Cake ‘R’ Us on Devonshire Street on the grounds the store did not have planning consent to paint the flag on the Grade II listed building.

It follows a complaint about the store by a council conservation officer back in January which led the business to state it would seek retrospective permission for the flag.

But the council says no such application has been made and ‘enforcement action’ is now being considered.

The report asks councillors to give the head of planning the power ‘to take any appropriate action including, if necessary, enforcement action and the institution of legal proceedings to secure the removal of unauthorised advertisements and the repainting of the shop front in a colour scheme that is more in keeping with the original 19th Century characteristics of the listed building’.

It said the business has been advised ‘that the garish colour scheme painted on the shop front was unacceptable as it is at odds with the character of the wider building’.

It added: “To date no attempt has been made by the owner to either submit any formal applications or to rectify this matter; although officers remain willing to work with him to try to secure a solution that will see the restoration of the building’s original character as well as trying to accommodate his wish to display the Union flag in some form.

“In the absence of any willingness on the owner’s part to resolve this matter, there is no option but to report this matter to this committee.”

David Chan, the owner of Cake ‘R’ Us, was not available for comment when contacted by The Star.

But he has previously told the BBC he had painted the shop in an ‘act of national pride’ and did not wish to remove it.

He said earlier this year he would ‘write to the Queen’ if the council did take legal action.

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