Replacement windows in Conservation Areas

PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:06 15 June 2010

Recent correspondence in the local press concerning shop fronts in Seaton with uPVC windows has chiefly focussed on whether or not the buildings were listed and whether or not the uPVC material was in keeping with Seaton s Victorian character. Peter Mille

Recent correspondence in the local press concerning shop fronts in Seaton with uPVC windows has chiefly focussed on whether or not the buildings were listed and whether or not the uPVC material was in keeping with Seaton's Victorian character.Peter Miller argued cogently in favour of uPVC as a material compatible with the town's character and seaside location, comparing it favourably with ferrous based paints which rust especially badly in the salt laden air of Seaton.I would like to join the debate.As Peter Miller points out, East Devon District Council's planning guidelines for Conservation Areas are 10 years old.Neither of the two properties referred to are listed. They are in a Conservation Area.Yet Seaton Town Hall is a Grade Two Listed building within the Conservation Area and belongs to EDDC, which replaced some lovely Edwardian doors with uPVC doors. This was a development much regretted by many residents (and incidentally possibly consuming extra electricity through automatic opening).Why is a different policy being applied to a Listed property as compared with two non-listed properties?If the issue concerns them being within a Conservation Area, presumably the policy should apply to all properties so locatedMargaret Rogers District and county councillor


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