Removal and Replacement of Conservation Area Sash Windows

Section 69 of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 gives local councils the power to designate as Conservation Areas, “areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”. Once designated, the householders normal “permitted development rights” are removed via an article 4 direction.

Most Conservation Areas contain properties from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian periods. Many householders living in these beautiful period properties can face a dilemma – how to preserve the original architectural appearance of their property and still have warm, draft-free double glazed windows and doors. Indeed the original architectural appearance of the the front elevation of such properties legally has to be maintained when the property is located within a Conservation Area. Alterations and improvements can be possible but many householders are often unclear as to what can or can’t be done and whether or not planning permission is required.

So if you live in a Conservation Area and wish to remove, replace or alter any windows or doors then what do you need to do?

In general three scenario’s will apply…

Scenario 1

Planning Permission not required: For windows and doors on an elevation facing a highway where repair and maintenance work is to be undertaken which does not change the appearance of the property and the same types of materials are used.

yoursashwindows.com are specialists in this type of work. Click on the appropriate links below for more information.

Scenario 2

Planning Permission not required: For windows and doors not on an elevation facing a highway. Normal “permitted development rights” apply in this scenario – even  the dreaded UPVC is an option.

Even though planning permission is not required, many householders wish to preserve the original features of their property. For example replacing existing Sash Windows with UPVC can both devalue your property and be more expensive. Click here for more information on Sash Window Restoration and Double Glazing

Scenario 3

Planning Permission required: For windows and doors on an elevation facing a highway where change is made to the appearance of the property or the same types of materials are not used.

It is usually necessary to submit a full planning application in this scenario. However, we would suggest you contact your local council’s Conservation Officer for guidance and advice first. If you wish, yoursashwindows.com can assist with this process. Please contact the office for more details

How can we help?

yoursashwindows.com have worked in Conservation Areas all across the country for over 10 years. If you live in a Conservation Area and are thinking of upgrading your windows and doors, be that restoration, restoration and double glazing or replacement, then please feel free to contact the office on 0333 6000 196 or email enquiry@yoursashwindows.com for information, help and friendly advice. Or you can Book A Survey.

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One Comment

  1. It may be a pain to keep these houses warm but I’m glad that these laws are in place to keep up their appearance.

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