New windows passed

A PETERHEAD homeowmer was granted planning permission and listed building consent for the installation of replacement windows at his house last week.

The application from Mr Boyd of 25 Jamaica Street went before the Buchan Area Committee onTuesday.

Members heard that Mr Boyd’s home is situated in the Peterhead Central Conservation Area.

The late 18th century house is Category B listed and still has many historical features. The original windows in the house are to be replaced with double glazed timber sash and case windows.

A report put before the committee by planning officer Emmanuel Hiamey stated: “The proposal would be contrary to advice contained within the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (SHEP) December 2011 and Technical Guidance in that, the original windows are not beyond repair and should be retained or repaired.

“For this reason the application is recommended for refusal.

“Supporting letters have been received from the agent, which includes a statement from building companies (a joinery and manufacturing company and consulting structural and civil engineers) who advise that, in their opinion, the windows are beyond repair. It was indicated that the majority of the exposed external windows appeared saturated/ rotten”

“It was also indicated that only one of the eight windows could be opened and therefore a complete replacement of the windows would be the best option.”

“The applicant also submitted a supporting letter outlining the reasons for the new windows including concerns with heat loss and regarding other examples of windows at other areas (Roanheads Conservation area) which are non- traditional windows.”

Councillor Robert Thomas of Peterhead North and Rattary said: “I don’t understand why this is here. It’s beggars belief.”

Central Buchan councillor Norman Smith echoed his fellow councillor saying: “It’s ridiculous people who are trying to do right are being told that they are not right.”

Aberdeenshire Council has discussed the issue of windows in conservation areas several times in the past.