Mural on historic building allowed to stay despite painter forgetting to apply for listed building consent

A drone shot of a massive mural on the side of a building showing a woman holding a lamb
The mural has been described as "wonderful" and its painter hopes it can inspire similar projects in Preston and the UK as a whole (Image credit: @scrappynw)

A city council has ruled that a huge mural painted on a listed building will be allowed to remain after the artwork proved popular with residents and visitors.

The 14m by 8m piece titled ‘Mother’ was painted on the side of Grade II-listed Hogarths gin bar in Preston, Lancashire, in July, a former working men’s club, but its painter didn't initially gain listed building consent to do this.

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