At a meeting of the Consultations Committee, councillors objected to planning applications by the green energy company for a building in Station Road and the former tax office in Merrywalks.
While members of the town council’s consultation committee praised the company’s commitment to make the buildings more sustainable, they felt the design was not appropriate for either location.
Ecotricity put in two applications to Stroud District Council just before Christmas for full planning permission to change the exterior of the buildings.
Town councillors said the first application for New Imperial House, in Station Road, was inappropriate for a building in a conservation area.
“While we welcome efforts to make the building more sustainable the colour is not in keeping with a conservation area,” said Councillor Simon Arundel, chair of the committee.
Councillors also objected to the application for Axiom House, the former tax office in Merrywalks.
They referred to policies in the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan which calls for the improvement of the gateways into the town.
Councillors were impressed with the overall improvements for Axiom House but felt the green, grey and white panels on the corner were too psychedelic for the town’s gateway on the A46.
Councillor Rachel Lyons said: “Some people are saying the cladding is art but to me it’s just advertising.”
Councillor Arundel said: “We would be warmer towards a scheme of cladding which toned them down to a less ostentatious appearance.”
The district council has since received 16 strong objections on its planning consultation website for the Station Road application and two objections and one support for the building in Merrywalks.