To consider the planning applications contained in the list.
(a) No 1 on the Plans List (18/01467/LBC – Listed Building Consent for the replacement of 11 windows with new hardwood timber windows – Wisteria House, Fore Street, Morchard Bishop)
The Conservation Officer outlined the contents of the report highlighting by way of presentation the location of the listed building in the village of Morchard Bishop and photographs of the windows taken from various angles and compared with those taken in 1916. Members also received photographs of the street frontage and the details of each window which the Conservation officer felt could all be repaired rather than replaced. He outlined the guidance given by Historic England and the national policy which sort to conserve the original windows in the listed property.
Consideration was given to:
· The technical risk to the dwelling of replacing the windows.
· Whether double glazed hardwood windows were appropriate.
· Whether just repairing the windows would stop the issues with condensation and draught and whether the impact/harm of new windows to the listed building outweighed the benefits.
· The impact of the condensation on the fabric of the property.
· The views of the applicant’s agent, with regard to the listing and the fact that the new windows had been designed to retain the 19th Century style and would stop the threat to the fabric of the building, the current windows were not original and the new windows would be more suitable and would match the 1916 windows shown in the photographs.
· The views of the Parish Council with regard to the visual impact of new windows on the property; other properties in the village had double glazed hardwood windows and that the new windows would benefit the property in the long term.
· The views of one of the Ward Members with regard to the condensation problems, the windows had been updated in the 1960’s and that the replacement bars could match the existing.
· The porch had not been present in the early pictures but had been in place for many decades.
· The use of hardwood windows in listed properties was acceptable, with only the double glazing being the issue
a) Listed Building Consent be granted for the following reason: the design detail and material of the replacement windows conserved the character of the conservation area and therefore was deemed acceptable;
b) Delegated authority be given to the Head of Planning, Economy and Regeneration to produce a set of conditions to include a condition which stated that the glazing bars of the windows be the same as the existing design.
(Proposed by Cllr P J Heal and seconded by Cllr Mrs H Bainbridge)
i) Mr Lewin (agent for the applicant) spoke;
ii) Cllr Grant (Morchard Bishop Parish Council) spoke;
iii) Cllr Mrs M E Squires spoke as Ward Member;
iv) The following late information was provided, the reason for call in by Cllr Mrs M E Squires had been omitted from the report: which read ‘To discuss the issue of conservation and how that sits with climate change and the need to conserve our energy needs coupled with insulation for residents and affordability with running costs in the future.’