A RESTAURANT has been ordered to remove black tiles cladding the front of the business.
Calderdale Council planning committee voted to refuse retrospective planning permission for the tiles on the front of Ziggy’s Spice House in Carlton Street, Halifax.
The meeting heard officers had recommended refusal as the tiles were not in keeping with a conservation area.
Saghir Hussain, of Ziggy’s, told the committee the black tiles were to improve the look of the building and he did not realise they needed planning permission.
He said: “As soon as I found out it was illegal, I went down to planning and put an application in.”
He said the tiles could be taken off in the future.
“They’re not permanent. It was just to give it a more upper-class look.”
Councillor Robert Thornber (Cons, Ryburn) said: “It’s a conservation area and we have to look after them.
“We do allow certain alterations. I do sympathise with the owner.
“He is trying to maintain the building, which is looking after his business.
“But I do feel we have to uphold the conservation conditions and the law.”
Councillor Stephen Baines (Cons, Northowram and Shelf) added: “I think this unusual building is worth preserving in as near its natural state as we can.”
Councillors suggested the enforcement team allow extra time for Ziggy’s bosses to change the front to minimise any financial impact of the work on the business.