Melton Borough Council


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Shop front alterations

Any material change to the form and style of a shop front will require the benefit of planning permission.

We are required to safeguard the conservation area and promote its enhancement by ensuring that new and replacement shop fronts are designed to contribute to the visual qualities and attractiveness of the street scene.


  • The imposition of corporate colour schemes, corporate styles and logos within historic streets will often have obtrusive and overbearing results.
  • We will discourage the removal of traditionally detailed window frames and others of architectural quality.
  • Door design typically reflects that of the shop front.  Generally on traditional shop fronts, the door is part-glazed with a lower kick plate of a height around that of the stall riser or window sill.  Recessed doorways are a characteristic feature of Victorian and Edwardian buildings which provide a visual break in the shop front and increase the area of display space. Within the recess, floors are often decoratively tiled.
  • The designer must ensure historical accuracy on each shop front, whilst also ensuring that the result harmonises with its surroundings.
  • A shop front should be considered first and foremost as part of the physical fabric of the building.  It should not be treated as a total advertisement.  In that regard colours should complement the building and harmonise with adjacent shop fronts.  Likewise, traditional materials are most appropriate.
  • By far the largest proportion of the shop front is the window area, and it detailing is crucial to the appearance of the shop front.  Extensive areas of glass are not appropriate on Listed Buildings or within the Conservation Area.

Applications for new shop fronts will be expected to indicate provisions for disabled persons and special user groups.  In particular, it will be important to indicate how provision is to be made for wheelchair users, parents with prams/pushchairs, and persons with visual disabilities. 

Such groups have difficulties negotiating steps and opening doors.  This should be given very careful consideration at the design stage and there may be a necessity to try to provide entrance ramps and/or handrails.

Full planning permission application form and guidance notes.