PVC Windows Rejected At Hugh Town Property

Council Chambers at the Old Wesleyan Chapel

Councillors have thrown out two requests to replace rotten wooden windows with similar uPVC units because they were both in listed buildings.

Chief Planning Officer, Craig Dryden, said that plastic would have been ‘out of keeping’ at the back of Riduna on Hugh Street.

But Councillor Fred Ticehurst felt that insisting on wood presented a situation that brought planning into disrepute.

Fred felt the rear of the property was ‘damn awful’ with nothing to be conserved and featured sheds with corrugated roofs. He said painting the property would help.

Fred wanted members to consider how much easier uPVC would be for elderly residents to maintain.

Councillor Mike Nelhams had some sympathy with that view, adding that the area of Hugh Town was still and damp. He imagined that wooden windows would degrade quickly but Craig didn’t agree.

He said that most problems with wood were down to maintenance and repair and he believes that well maintained quality wooden windows last longer than plastic and the uPVC units then need disposing of.

Amanda Martin also claimed you could see the rear of the building from around Well Lane and the Old Wesleyan Chapel.

Marian Bennett said she would normally defend wooden windows but there had been advances with plastics and without comparative illustrations she couldn’t make a decision.

Councillors denied the application after Dudley Mumford reminded the meeting that this was a grade II listed property and the Council couldn’t make exceptions.

Members threw out a similar request to put seven uPVC windows in a ‘like-for-like’ style at the back of Tean on Hugh Street.

There were calls to require the owner to paint the render on the grade II listed property but the application was rejected and that demand won’t be pursued.