I was speechless after being threatened with £20k fine by council for painting my door – now they’ve approved it

FILE PHOTO - Miranda Dickson's pink front door. See SWNS story SWLNdoor. A mum who had faced a ¿20,000 fine for painting her front door in Edinburgh has received complaints for her third choice of colour. Miranda Dickson, 48, got the front door of her Georgian home professionally painted with Dulux paint. She inherited her parents' home in 2019 and is managing the travel business they ran in the World Heritage conservation area. Mum-of-two Miranda previously believed the complaint made was malicious and described it as "petty".

A WOMAN who was caught up in a row over her pink front door has been given permission to keep its latest colour.

Miranda Dickson, 49, painted her door in Edinburgh “off-white” after a previous makeover was rejected by planners.

Miranda Dickson painted her door in Edinburgh “an off-white”

A retrospective planning application for the white has now been approved

Dickson had painted her door pink when she renovated her childhood home in Drummond Place after the death of her parents.

It is situated within the Unesco world heritage-listed New Town area of the city.

The pink door attracted complaints before she repainted it green but that was also rejected by officials and she had it painted off-white.

But she was left stunned when she was told a further complaint had been received over the final colour choice.

A retrospective planning application for the white has now been approved by City of Edinburgh Council bringing the saga to a close.

Documents confirming the application for Listed Building consent said: “The proposed shade is a light, relatively understated colour that would not represent any considerable impact towards the character or the setting of the building.

“The shade is off-white in appearance, which aligns with guidance with respect to having muted, plain colours for doors on listed buildings.

“The proposal will not have a detrimental impact on the historical architectural features and will therefore not adversely impact on the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building.”

They concluded: “The proposals have special regard to the desirability of preserving the building and its setting and will not adversely impact on its special architectural and historic interest.

“The proposals will preserve the character and appearance of the conservation area.”

Speaking earlier, Dickson said: “I am speechless that someone has complained about this colour as far as I was concerned this chapter in my life was closed.

“I’m shocked and distraught about it. It is definitely not the same colour as it was originally painted – it’s an off-white.

“I feel bullied and that it has now become personal.”

Last year she faced a £20,000 fine if she did not change the colour.

The mother-of-two, who is a brand ambassador in the drinks industry, moved back to Edinburgh two years ago after working in the US for nine years.

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