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Devizes couple win blue house row
Long Street, Devizes
The "vibrant and assertive shade" was described as having a detrimental impact

A Devizes couple who painted their 18th century house a "vibrant" blue have won their battle to keep the colour.

Ian and Sarah Wixon painted their Grade II Listed town house "Lunar Landscape Blue" without the consent of Wiltshire Council.

Faced with an order to repaint their home a less vibrant shade, Mr Wixon applied for consent to keep the colour.

At a meeting on Thursday it was decided that the house on the corner of Long and Bridewell Street could stay blue.

Ian Wixon said: "It's because it's a corner house that it does look like a lot of blue.

"But if you look at it going down the street it looks in-keeping."

No Objections

Despite receiving no objections to the house colour, a report recommended that councillors considering Mr Wixon's application should refuse it.

According to the report, the "vibrant and assertive shade" has a detrimental impact on the historic character of the building, is discordant with neighbouring listed buildings and detracts from the wider street scene.

Long Street, Devizes
The houses on Long Street are either painted in "pastel or earthy shades"

The report stated: "Had an application been submitted for painting in this colour prior to the works being submitted, attempts would have been made to negotiate the use of a less vibrant tone.

"If approved, the change will create a precedent for the use of vibrant tones elsewhere within the street and town."

For Devizes councillor Jeff Ody, who brought the controversial application before the committee, it was a difficult decision.

He said: "It's a historic area and so the guidelines on your choice of colour are restricted and this blue came very close to the guidelines.

"But it's very subjective. We basically had to decide if it was a Medieval shade of colour and if it would be normal or acceptable to a Medieval painter."

"Boring cream"

For Mr Wixon, who would have appealed against the decision had it not gone his way, the news that he didn't have to repaint his home a "boring cream" was good.

He said his wife chose the colour and when it was painted, his initially reaction was "God that's bright".

"But when Sarah came home, she thought it was fantastic and loved it from the start.

"And now people are using it as a landmark to give directions and we're even thinking of renaming it the Old Blue Bakery."

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