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When it comes to taking on a home improvement or self build project, there are so many decisions to make that it can feel a little daunting. Updating windows and doors can make a huge difference to not only the exterior of your home, but also to the internal environment, especially when you think in terms of heat retention.

The array of options available on the market can be overwhelming for home improvers. Add to that the fact that the location in which your property sits can dictate the type or style of windows you are allowed to install.

Here are three key situations where your proposed building work may face stricter criteria from local authorities, and how to find a suitable window and door solution.

In a Conservation Area

A conservation area is defined as an area “of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance”.

Areas like this tend to rely, in part, on historic windows for much of their architectural impact and character. Inappropriate, poor quality replacement windows can easily erode traditional features on historic buildings.

Article 4 Direction

An article 4 direction is made by the local planning authority and restricts the scope of permitted development rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development.  Article 4 directions are used to control works that could threaten the character of an area of acknowledged importance, such as a conservation area.

Where an article 4 direction is in effect, a planning application may be required for development that would otherwise have been permitted development.

Listed Buildings

As window and door systems have developed in recent years and can perfectly mirror traditional aesthetics, but with a modern maintenance free material, the approach from many authorities has been to approve the use of systems such as Residence 9

Listed building status is not a preservation order that prevents any change from being made to the building. It simply means that listed building consent must be applied for in order to make any changes to that building which might affect its special interest.

The local authority uses listed building consent to make decisions that balance the site’s historic significance against other issues, such as its function, condition or viability.

What Does This Mean for Updating Doors and Windows?

In the above circumstances, you may need to apply for planning permission to make changes so that the local planning department can be assured that the architectural or historical merit of the location is maintained.

Some planning authorities preclude the use of modern materials, like PVCu, because they will look incongruous in a historic building. However, if you can be seen to replace like-for-like, in terms of material or style then the planners are much more likely to grant their permission.

If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional timber windows and doors, Residence 9 offers a range of designs and with an elegant flush exterior and stylish decorative interior authentically replicates 19th century timber designs

For more information visit the Residence 9 website or search #residencecollection on Instagram for more window inspiration.

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