Windows plan open and shut

A PROPOSAL to replace the windows of a flat in Scarborough has been given the thumbs up by planners.

The owner of the flat in Esplanade had asked permission from Scarborough Council’s planning department because it is a Grade II Listed Building which is within the town’s designated conservation area.

Members of the council’s Planning and Development Committee were advised that the plan had changed since it was originally submitted.

Speaking at this month’s committee meeting a planning officer said: “It’s gone from something that was a bit involved to something that is quite straightforward.”

Under the proposal the windows would be changed from the existing two thirds split windows to 50/50 split timber sash units.

According to a report by Jill Low, Scarborough Council’s planning manager, the flat was described as part of a “grand symmetrical terrace composition stepped down a slope in three sections” which dates from between 1840 and 1850.

The terrace features stuccoed facades with rusticated ground floors, cast iron first floor balconies.

According to a conservation officer the windows would be replaced on a like for like basis and would be similar to those on nearby buildings.

In the report he said: “The current windows are not original, though they had been installed by the time the buildings were listed, and if they are beyond repair and need replacement, the opportunity should be taken to replace them by 50/50 windows to match those at the adjacent buildings – to both the north and south.”

In the report an English Heritage spokesman said: “We consider that if the windows are to be replaced the opportunity should be taken to accurately copy those at first floor level on this property and upon the adjacent properties rather than the incorrect models now in place at second floor level.

“This is in order to avoid perpetuating the visual damage caused by the present windows for a further period of time, which detracts from the visual appearance and hence the significance of this fine terrace.”

The period of public consultation for the plan ended on Friday, July 1, and it received support from Richard Frank, the owner of the nearby Crown Spa Hotel.

Under the council’s current planning policy window alterations which harm a conservation area are not permitted.

But it was felt that, in this case, the proposed replacement window units would “improve the aesthetic of the facade of the property and therefore result in a positive impact on the conservation area” by returning the units to their original design.

It had been recommended that the plan be approved and councillors voted in favour.