What Is a conservation Area?
Oct 24, 2014
We often get inquiries from prospective clients who are looking to upgrade their windows, but which live in conservation areas. Whilst this doesn’t mean that we can’t take on the project, it does mean that the task of installing new windows is made a little complicated due to the fact that they are protected by local authorities, and is one of the first questions we will ask of any new inquiry.
The History Of Conservation Areas
Introduced in 1967, conservation areas are designated for their special architectural, historical or social interest, and as such are deemed worthy of preservation. Since their inception, there are now over eight thousand conservation areas in England alone.
How Are Conservation Areas Created?
In general this is down to the local council, which will classify a certain area to be subject of conservation through the local planning authority (LPA). Under certain circumstances the English Heritage can designate areas of London to be placed under conservation but only after consulting the individual Borough Council and with the consent of the Secretary of State for National Heritage. They can also be designated by the Secretary of State if the site is of importance other than simple local interest.
What Can Be Considered For Conservation?
The list of conservation areas in England is long and dynamic. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach, and areas are conserved for a multitude of reasons and in a variety of ways. For instance, historical transport links and their local environments (canalsides, etc.) have been protected, as well as historical town centres, ancient villages and 18th & 19th century suburbs.
What Does Living In A Conservation Area Mean For You?
Simply put, living in an LPA designated conservation area means that you have to run any property alterations, removal of trees and demolition through the Local Council before any work can even begin to take place. This includes installing any new windows or doors as they may alter the aesthetic of the building, which itself needs to be protected. Any additions to the building must be kept in strict accordance to their original property, and in most cases like-for-like bespoke windows will need to be created in order to achieve this.
So if you’re thinking of upgrading, or even simply repairing your windows with us, make sure that you speak to your LPA beforehand!
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