Planning Inspectorate Rejects uPVC WIndows Appeal

The owner of a Hugh Town flat, who wanted to put in new uPVC windows, has lost his planning appeal.

Back in July, planners rejected an application to replace a first floor timber bay window and smaller adjacent window on the front of Quay House at The Bank with uPVC wood-grain sash units.

The applicant said the new units would improve energy efficiency and sound insulation, although the AONB’s Planning Consultative Panel felt uPVC windows would detract from the quality of the streetscape in the area.

In his report, the planning inspector said The Bank is one of the most pleasing parts of the conservation area, and that Quay House is a vital part of that. He added that most buildings have timber windows in that part of Hugh Town and, where uPVC has been used, it was “less successful.”

The owner had also argued that his human rights would be infringed if he couldn’t gain the same benefits that other householders get from uPVC units, but the inspector rejected this, saying he needed to explore other options such as new, wooden windows.


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