Southern Road : Replacement windows given the go ahead in Basingstoke

A HOMEOWNER has been given the go-ahead to replace windows on their house despite the fact they will not replicate the old ones.

The application was submitted by Mr J Gordon-Walker to allow for the installation of replacement windows on a dwelling on Southern Road in Basingstoke.

The plans had been recommended for refusal based on the fact that they would neither preserve nor enhance the character or appearance of the Fairfields Conservation Area, by reason of the loss of traditional architectural features which contribute positively to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

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The application went before Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s development control committee after concerns were raised. 

A report to the committee said the proposed windows would fail to accurately replicate the detail of the historic windows which are to be replaced in terms of materials and finishes, design, and details.

Cllr Ron Hussey said: “Replacement windows in conservation areas should be on a like-for-like basis so those houses that have a wood frame single glazed window should be retained and repaired when necessary and if they can’t be they should be replaced with the same.”

Councillors in the room struggled to come to an agreement about the impact of the windows, but following a debate the plans were approved. 

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