A huge number of historic buildings have original features such as sash windows. These add a lot of personality to the property. As a result of this, replacing them is a task that needs approaching carefully. The owner of the property needs to gain the right consent before starting any work. Otherwise, they can end up on the wrong side of the law. Furthermore, it is crucial to choose an adept and proficient joiner to supply you with your new timber sash windows.
Historic Replacement Requires Planning Consent
Listed Buildings have protection. This is thanks to the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990. Consequently, if you wish to replace any doors or windows on one of these properties, you will need to get permission. You need to get this before you start work.
You can get consent via your relevant local planning authority. It is simple enough to apply as you can do so online using the National Planning Portal. Or, you can download the relevant form and apply directly.
It is crucial for you to gain consent for the work. The reason for this is completing an unauthorised job on a listed building is a criminal offence. This could leave you facing a prosecution. Planning authorities can also demand you pay to reverse any changes. Moreover, you will find it very difficult to sell the house further down the line if you do not have the right consents for the work.
You can find listed buildings on the National Heritage List within their 3 different grades. This helps identify their architectural and historic importance. For instance, Grade II buildings are those of special interest and these make up over 91% of all properties. Grade II* is for those buildings of particular importance that get extra interest. Then, there is Grade I for buildings of exceptional cultural or national interest.
Work on Grade I and II* buildings gets the most scrutiny. In fact, these cases go to Historic England so that they can have input and offer advice.
Any joinery for Listed Buildings, including timber windows, is called Heritage Joinery. Local planning authorities will try and preserve the architecture and historical interest of the building. As a result any replacements need to look like the original. Where possible, they should have the same construction and design.
Timber sash windows made with care and precision
Wood & Wisdom is one of the finest establishments for architectural joinery in the UK. You can call on us for everything from conservatories and elegant staircases to bespoke joinery. In addition, we produce wonderful timber sash windows. We are able to create all kinds of designs with your needs in mind to allow for a perfect fit with your home.
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