Windows Replacement in conservation area
What is a Conservation Area?
Conservation areas exist throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and are considered to be places of great interest to the architectural history of the country. Most conservation areas are home to dozens or more buildings, some dating back to before the 16th century. Today there are around 9,080 conservation areas in the United Kingdom, typically designated by your Local Authority, and you may live in one of them.
Conservation areas exist to help enhance, protect, and promote the history of architecture in the United Kingdom and each area is designated as such for its own special features, style, or interest to history and the people. Some conservation areas even have ties to historic events, making them time capsules for the past.
If you live in a conservation area it is important to note that your home and landscape are protected against serious alteration, including cutting down trees and demolishing buildings. If your area adheres to an Article 4 Direction, you may also be required to obtain planning permission to change windows and doors, because these items are known to have immense historic value.
Am I allowed to repair or replace my windows?
If you live in a conservation area, there are typically few rules that keep you from maintaining your property, but some projects, like major repairs, overhauls, or replacement of your windows, can cause detriment to the historic value of your home and you may need planning permission from the Local Authority to continue.
For example, those who own maisonettes that are located above commercial and as a part of commercial properties, do not have the right to make changes without planning permission. The same is true for those property owners living in converted buildings. Because rules may vary from conservation area to conservation area and on the basis of your home’s historic value, it is advisable to always contact the Local Authority for planning permission before starting any project.
Can you replace my windows in conservation areas?
Our technicians are specially trained to repair or replace windows in conservation areas, depending on your needs, and the permission you receive from your Local Authority. Before starting any project we consult with an architect who understands the application and restrictions associated with planning permission and can help you and us work with your local planning council to help you get the permission you need for replacement of your windows.
We understand the need to upgrade and improve your home for added comfort and efficiency. That is why we have developed a full range of services and products specifically for homes in conservation areas. Our specialised services and products include full, invisible overhauls of your windows that retain the bulk of your original windows but make them more efficient and restore them to like new condition, and replication and replacement of your old windows with new ones that both fit the criteria for conservation area homes and your needs for comfort and efficiency in the long run.
Do I need planning permission to replace my windows in a conservation area?
Although minor upgrades to your period home are not always required in conservation areas, many conservation area homes are protected by Article 4 Directions. When these directions are in place, property owners are required to seek planning permission before starting any work, upgrades, or additions to their homes.
When you’re ready to upgrade your home, you should talk to our technicians. We partner with a local architect who works closely with Local Authorities so we can ensure your project is approved and runs smoothly from start to finish.