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Lost the plot? Welsh agent reported to ASA for misleading online ad

Member of public reports advertisement for incorrect information about past planning decisions.

Nigel Lewis

online adAn estate and letting agent in North Wales has agreed to remove an online ad listing for land for sale after a complaint by a member of the public to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Four-branch sales and letting agent Bob Parry had posted an online advert for a plot of land that claimed the agent “did not have knowledge that any planning application had been made for the land”, the ASA says.

The complainant told the advertising watchdog that “planning application had previously been rejected on the land and that they had informed the advertiser” about this.

The online ad was not amended and the claim continued to appear, prompting the complainant to consider it was misleading.

After being contacted by the ASA, Bob Barry Lettings agreed to remove the claim from the advert.

Bob Parry Lettings Ltd, which trades as Bob Parry and has 13 staff, has offices in Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Blaenau and Llanrwst.

Book publisher

Bob Parry, which is one of the leading agents in the area in and around Snowdonia National Park, is also well known in Wales for another reason.

Simon Simcox, who has been an agent in the area for over 40 years and is principal partner at Bob Parry, recently published a book on historic houses across Wales.

“In my role as a surveyor, I have come across old and unusual buildings throughout my career,” he told a local paper.

“I have an interest in reading literature that relates to buildings of any age and when reading a book that stated that all old Welsh Houses would have been made of timber, I knew that this was untrue.

“I then conceived of the idea of writing a book on hidden houses.”

September 13, 2017

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