Conservation Areas and Article 4 Directives
Any building of importance will be listed to some extent, for its own protection and to safeguard the special character of its neighbourhood.
Because so many buildings have had their charm and character destroyed by inappropriate replacements, PVC-U has become associated with inferior casement windows installed in the 1980s and 1990s. This has led to the widespread rejection of replacements through planning restrictions, regardless of authenticity.
Unfortunately, many officers considering applications still retain these outdated perceptions and refuse applications, without considering the vast improvements made in recent years.
We have a lot of experience in dealing with your local planning and conservation departments, and many have given the green light for projects in conservation areas because the windows are so good.
Do feel free to discuss any worries or concerns with us. Ask for examples of local installations where permission has been granted, so you can see at first hand just how well the windows blend in. We also have access to a specialist planner to assist them with applications and appeals.
In Grade I and Grade II listed properties where the original windows are in situ, timber will be the only material considered. The Bygone window is normally PVC-U, but is also available in a variety of timbers, with both 'traditional weights & pulleys' and 'spiral balanced' options available.
In England most properties within a conservation area have permitted development rights, which grants you permission to change your windows for 'similar' replacements. However, if the property is leasehold, listed or has an article 4 restriction, it will require planning permission.