New frames must be wood

NKDC offices, Sleaford.
NKDC offices, Sleaford.

District councillors opted to prevent the ‘erosion’ of Sleaford’s conservation area when they rejected an application to replace timber window frames with uPVC ones in a block of retirement flats.

The proposal by applicant Barry Everitt sought to replace all existing wooden double glazed windows and doors with uPVC frames at Berkeley Court on Carre Street.

The flats were built on the site of a former garage business in the late 1980s, located in a prominent position within the conservation area on the banks of the River Slea opposite the National Centre for Craft and Design.

North Kesteven District Council’s conservation officer warned the planning sub-committee last Tuesday that uPVC ‘would not be in keeping with the character and appearance of the conservation area as a whole’.

Planning officers added the use of timber windows and doors was an integral part of the overall design. They recommended in their report: “Although there are numerous properties within the vicinity that have uPVC already installed including the majority of buildings along the southern bank of the River Slea, it should be noted that these are individual dwellings and the council does not have any control on the replacement of windows in these buildings.”

Council members were told the flats do not have permitted development rights.

Members advised timber framed double glazing be used.