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Replacing Windows in a Conservation Area

Many of us live in older homes in the UK, and some of these are in local authority conservation areas. These exist to preserve the character and look of the area the houses stand in. While beautiful, it does mean homeowners have to follow certain rules when it comes to new windows.

If you live in a conservation area, we're here to help. Our guide sets out what you need to know and helps you decide which windows might be best for your home.

Can You Change Windows in a Conservation Area?

Yes, you can change the windows on your home if you live in a conservation area. Your local planning authority sets the rules, so it's a good idea to do your research first to find out what they are for your area. They’ll let you know the types of windows allowed and if you need to submit a planning application.

Some allow uPVC or wooden windows that match the original design of a building. Others will demand exact like-for-like replacements.

Do You Need Planning Permission to Replace Windows in a Conservation Area?

If you live in a conservation area, you tend to need planning permission to change your windows. The rules are often like rules around changing windows for listed buildings. Local planning authorities define what you can do through an Article 4 Directive.

When you bought your home your solicitor should have made you aware if your home was in a conservation area. If you are unsure, you can look up conservation areas on your local council website. To find out if you need to get planning permission it is always best to contact your local authority first.

How To Get Planning Permission for New Windows in Conservation Areas

Planning applications can be stressful and time consuming. That's why when you get your windows with us, we take care of any planning applications for you. We include this in your quote, so there are no hidden costs down the line.

If you're getting planning permission on your own, talk to your local authority to find out what information they need. When you're ready, go to the planning portal and fill out your form online. You often need to have drawings or photos and measurements of both the old and new windows.

If works could affect any neighbours, you’ll need their consent too. The local planning authority then reviews your proposal and how it could affect the area. They then decide based on the criteria of your conservation area.

What Types of Windows Are Allowed in a Conservation Area?

uPVC Conservation Area Windows

You can install uPVC windows in a conservation area, but their style and colour will need to fit with your home and others in the conservation area. It depends on the authority, but adding things like Georgian bars or mock sash horns can help uPVC windows qualify.

We have a range of uPVC windows designed to work for conservation areas. One of the most popular is our uPVC Elite Sliding Sash window. They imitate period sash windows and come with modern security features and high energy ratings.

uPVC casement and flush casement windows can also qualify under article 4. Approval depends on the area and authority. As with all windows, it will depend on their colour, configuration and decorative details.


Wooden Conservation Area Windows

Most conservation area windows are wooden, single-glazed and draughty. Replacing them like-for-like with new wooden windows is the perfect solution. Remember, even if they are exactly the same, you still need to apply for planning permission.

Replacing old wooden windows transforms your home, making it warmer and more secure. We have installed wooden windows in conservation areas and listed buildings. Our styles have details you can customise to fit the style and period of your home.


Secondary Glazing for Conservation Area Windows

Replacing windows in conservation areas is not always possible. Permission can be denied on lots of grounds, or it may just not be practical. But that doesn’t mean you can’t improve your home’s insulation and energy efficiency.

Secondary glazing sit behind your existing window to stop draughts and help reduce heat loss. Because it only affects the interior of your home, it doesn't come under the rules of a conservation area. Our secondary glazing is made to measure in a variety of styles to fit in with your home.

Conservation Area Windows with Anglian Home Improvements

We have more than 55 years of experience installing windows in conservation areas. Our windows are made to measure to fit almost any space and fit in with almost any style. They come with lengthy guarantees and carry accreditations from top industry bodies.

If you are ready to get a free, no-obligation quote with us then submit an enquiry on our online form.

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