Windows may be removed

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A PETERHEAD man may be told to remove replacement windows he did not have permission for.

After much debate, Councillors agreed yesterday that Mr Strachan of Waterside Way must remove the UPVC windows which are casement and tilt and turn design.

which he installed at 31 and 33 Gladstone Road without planning permission.

The ground floor and upper floor flat of a one-and-a-half storey semi-detached building are part of the Roanheads conservation area and Councillors agreed that the windows were not in keeping with policies relating to upgrades to listed buildings.

The Buchan Area Committee heard that replacement windows should be wooden sash in style.

In a report put before the committee, planning officer Alison Hogge said the main issues to be considered are the whether the windows are detrimental to the character of the listed building and whether they would preserve and enhance the wider Roanheads Conservation Area.

“In this case the windows should be of timber sash and case construction. The windows installed do not comply with policy being constructed of upvc materials and a bottom opening/tilt and turn design,” she says.

“Although the property has been extended to the rear, the frontage of Gladstone Road still exhibits a sense of character for which it was listed in 1982 and should be protected.

“It is evident that the appearance of the conservation area has been compromised as a result of the build up of inappropriate and unauthorised replacement windows.”

However, several Councillors agreed that there had been several alterations that had not been in keeping with current policy.

Peterhead South and Cruden Councillor Sam Coull said: “There already seems to be a mish mash of windows. If we were to start down that road then all home owners need to be advised about future improvements in that all windows must be wooden sash cased.”

Area Planning Officer Wendy Forbes said that windows must be replaced “like for like” and that home owners were obliged to adhere to rules.

She said: “Leaflets will be distributed to home owners to advise that all alterations require planning consent.”