I just like to keep an eye on you rascals in the planning swindle.
I would guess you add a further burden of cost and inefficiency of c. 30% to an already crumbling system, in a country far too full of over clever regulation obsessed creatures.
As you can't trust anyone to have an inate duty of care about the future our grandkids will inherit, we do seem to need some sort of regulatory regime, but I feel weve lost the plot when we need to pay fees for pathetic little outhouses and draft proofing or greening our homes. Oh well... its spring soon ! R
I have recently bought a grade 2 listed building - brick built georgian mid terrace c1818 on a B road but with lots of rush hr traffic. Prev owner illegally installed UPVC DG - which I am replacing at planners insistence with handbuilt wooden sash windows which match the rest of the terrace visually. I am really fed up that I cannot put in double glazed glass into these hand built units - especially as houses either side have this pre-listing - even in UPVC too. (Have no prob replacing the windows as they do look really out of place stylewise). Also have a terribly draughty front door which cannot be replaced with a look-alike door with good draught proffing.
I am one of three out of a row of 33 G1 listed houses with iron guttering - rest are UPVC - but because the planners got involved with previous vendor over the illegal windows (no prosecution mind you) I am stuck with replacing my iron guttering with more iron - even tho this means joining it to plastic guttering on both neighbouring houses - a joint that apparently is difficult to do well/maintain.
Inside my house (the only one in my run that hasn't been knocked into one big room) I am fitting cupboards made by a good qualified carpenter out of reclaimed wood in appropriate style after careful research, and i n a way that does not materially affect the decor, replacing existing MDF dado rails and skirtings with reclaimed originals etc - so am a very considerate home owner. I do not expect to be able to alter the front of my home, and knew what I was taking on when I bought it.
POINT: It's about time that planners got Govt/powers that be to revise these stringent conditions for buildings like mine when it comes to energy saving measures like double glazing and draught proofing . I can understand really stringent care for buildings that have been listed for years and contain significant original features, or buildings with rare features. We need Grade 2 listed status to be sub-divided so houses can apply to become noted as a house which can do certain energy saving things so long as they go thro the planning application process. i.e. give the Planners the status to make these decisions based on criteria which the Planning Authority can agree as local policy.
I could halve my energy usage/bills in a stroke if they did - would do far more for reducing energy consumption than the current ads to drive 5 miles less every week, and would add to the LA mandate for green ventures .
Meanwhile I will continue to work from home (and for the same Local authority) and boost my heating to keep warm, and try to find something that is EFFECTIVE as draughtproofing on my original but distorted and draughty front door!!!
NB - my local planners have been very hlpful individually - just Listed Building policy that seems to be so unrelenting.
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