The short answer- yes! It is always best to check with your local authority when making any changes to windows and doors- especially if you are in a conservation area.
There are currently over 10,000 conservation areas across the UK. These areas vary in style but generally will be of historical significance, or in areas of natural beauty where heritage is considered of high importance.
Each area has a designated local authority with a planning department who is responsible for over seeing all requests for the alteration to existing buildings and structures. Their main priority is to maintain the way the property looks in order to keep the area authentic in its appearance.
Plan For Planners!
A lot of work goes into identifying why an area should be deemed a Conservation Area. Local authorities rigorously asses why it’s worth protecting and will have an individual set of standards used to asses planning applications. This will vary depending on where its located so it’s worth finding out what applies to your area at the very beginning of your renovation or self-build journey!
Work out a clear strategy
It may seem obvious, but the clearer the plan you present the more likely they will understand what you’re trying to achieve and therefore grant permission. Include illustrative photos and drawings, see them as part of your renovation team- they’re ones with the power in this situation.
Residence Collection in Conservation Areas
We have taken great care to purposefully design to Conservation standards, from the profile depth to the external sightlines and the elegant heritage decorative internal details. The Residence Collection is now widely accepted by planners and Councils and has been accepted into various Conservation Areas thought out the UK, and more recently into Listed Buildings. This is testament to just how accepted they are as a true timber alternative.
We have a dedicated Conservation and Planning brochure which helps outline all the details and how it is in keeping with Conservation standards. There are also CAD drawings available showing the profile for planners who require further information. Email journey@residencecollection to request a copy.
Look out for the Conservation logos on installer landing pages:
At Residence Collection, we have a range of colours available and can offer everything from timeless classics like Grained White to modern favourites such as Eclectic Grey. Don’t forget, we also offer a dual finish that allows you to find windows and doors that look as good from the inside as they do outside.