The proliferation of estate agents' "to let" signs is spoiling the appearance of residential areas and should be curbed, Labour MP Nick Brown has argued.
On 4 July 2012, Mr Brown introduced his Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 (Amendment) Bill under the ten-minute rule, seeking to ban such boards except in areas where the council specifically says they can be put up.
He told MPs that the boards were kept on "permanent display" in some parts of his constituency, "regardless of whether the flat is actually to let or not".
He concluded that they were only of use to "serve as a form of advertisement for the estate agent".
The bill received an unopposed first reading, but is unlikely to become law without government backing.