Planning Dilemma Over Window Options

Plans to provide sea views for two adjoining properties at Porthloo have been passed by planners.

The owners of Newfort Cottage want to add a first floor window and a second floor Juliet balcony. They’ll also put extra windows in the southwest elevation of Newfort House as part of plans to create two separate dwellings.

Planners were presented with three different schemes with a mix of proposals, including replacing the balcony with a window and changing the current uPVC windows for traditional wooden versions, which Chief Planning Officer Craig Dryden said would significantly enhance the appearance of the building.

However, none of the three were ‘just right.”

Planning vice chair, Amanda Martin, felt the Juliet balcony wasn’t appropriate for the property and, in the end, councillors proposed negotiating with the applicant for a fourth option. That would be one without the balcony and with replacement of the uPVC windows.

Councillors eventually passed that, subject to the necessary negotiations being acceptable.


8 Responses to Planning Dilemma Over Window Options

  1. Stuart September 26, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Norah, I would estimate that around 80% of the islands population isn’t “local” by your criteria and good job too.
    The islands electrical supply, telecommunications & internet connection, health care and transportation links and Policing are all provided by “mainlanders” who now live here. The shops that we buy our food from are in the main staffed by “mainlanders”. A large number of council staff that provide essential skills and services are “mainlanders”
    Radio Scilly the very thing that allows us to type these messages to each other is provided by a “mainlander” In fact the only reason the islands survive is because of the skills and money that the “mainlanders” bring when they move here.

  2. Mainlander and proud of it September 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Norah, get a life!!!!

  3. Norah September 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Stuart; let’s get one thing straight. You might live here but you are certainly not a local and never will be.

    • Diane Cidade September 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      There’s that old ‘community spirit’ shining again! Absolutely stunning bit of thinly veiled bigotry bordering on racism.

      Perhaps in the next round of planning and/or electoral reforms, the Government could include an ‘Isles of Scilly Clause’ that would require birth certificates and DNA samples to be provided before one can apply for planning permission/comment on community issues/vote?

  4. Stuart September 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

    My dear Pepper,
    I live here and pay council tax which makes me a local too.
    As to progress, if there was no progress, food would not be cheap and plentiful, there would be no clean drinking water or electricity, there would be no internet, no mobile phones, no TV, no air travel to different country’s. Items such as glasses, hearing aids, prosthetic limbs would not exist. All the things we all take for granted today did not exist less than 200 years ago only through progress did these things come into existence.
    Progress is inevitable, live is dynamic and for ever moving forward and like the tides of the sea that is something no man or woman can stop however much they would like everything to remain the same..

  5. Pepper September 25, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Unfortunately for you Stuart, us locals have regard for history and tradition unlike you. You’re all about progress, progress, progress and when it goes wrong let’s blame the council.

    Glad Val has the right idea.

  6. Stuart September 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Buildings change over time according to the needs of the people using the building at that point in time. if buildings didn’t evolve we’d still be living in caves
    Carry on I say, it should be a nice view, I hope you enjoy it once the clip boards have finished wringing their hands in despair of change.

  7. Val Moyse September 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    No dilemma!!! The cottage should be a listed building. The Williams family have been there for hundreds of years .In 1632 they had reclaimed 7 acres of land. If you look carefully there is a doorway on the wall by the path(now covered over with ivy) This cottage should at least be preserved on the outside!!!