Owner, 84, told to remove uPVC windows from historic lodge instead changes to uPVC in second home so they 'match'

An overhead shot of Doddington Hall
Doddington Hall is a 365-acre estate owned by Lady Rona Delves Broughton where two Grade II listed buildings had uPVC windows installed without gaining consent (Image credit: Getty Images)

An 84-year-old woman was served an enforcement notice by her local council's planning department after she installed uPVC windows in her historic lodge.

The council told Lady Rona Delves Broughton to remove the windows at "Avenue Lodge" as they were not in keeping with a second 19th century lodge on her Doddington Hall estate. But rather than change them back to windows that were more sympathetic to the design of the listed building, the owner instead ripped out the second lodge's windows and switched them to plastic – so that they "matched".

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News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.