Double Glazing For Listed Buildings Colchester, Essex 

Why use double glazing for listed buildings in Colchester, Essex? 
Planning Policy Guidance PPG15 recognises that the best way to secure historic buildings is to keep them in active usage and this may involve some adaptation to meet current needs. 
The rich tapestry of window designs are an important part of the character of a building and must be retained but single glazed frames are a major source of heat loss, provide little protection against noise and offer minimal resistance to burglary. 
Using purpose made Secondary Glazing in listed buildings will improve the buildings environment and make it more attractive to end users by reducing air leakage and heat loss, dramatically improving noise insulation and providing an additional security barrier guidance on windows in Conservation Areas. 
Conservation Areas are described as 'areas of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance'. They are covered by the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.  
Conservation area consent is required for demolition or any work that affects character of the area and advice should be obtained from a Conservation Officer. The installation of secondary glazing should not require consent unless the building is listed in which case Listed Building Consent should be sought. 
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Frequently asked questions 

What are Listed Buildings? 
Listed buildings are protected by the council and are categorised by three grades. These properties are often built before the 1700s and showcase their original architecture. 
Do you need Planning Permission for Double Glazing? 
Planning permission for double glazing is typically required if you live in a listed building or conservation area, we recommend confirming with your local council. 
How does Secondary Glazing help windows in Heritage and Listed Buildings? 
Older buildings are prone to mould, damp and mildew because of condensation. This is caused by gaps in the windows and doors, so installing secondary glazing helps to eradicate this. 
Can you put double glazing in a Grade 2 listed building? 
If you happen to own a listed property, consent will be required for alterations that affect the character of the building. In some cases, restorative projects will be refused if they interfere with the building’s character too much. In the case of installing double glazing, you will have to require the consent of the planning authority. As a general rule, consent will need to be provided to carry out any work on listed buildings. 
Is listed building consent required for secondary glazing? 
Listed building consent is required for any work which will affect the character of a listed property. To have work carried out without consent is a criminal offence. If you are the owner of a listed building, you must ensure you follow the regulations and guidelines that are put in place by the planning authorities. Although secondary glazing is the favoured method of improving a listed building’s window performance, it is still advised that you obtain permission before installation. 
Can I replace windows in a Grade 2 listed building? 
Those fortunate enough to own a listed building will find making any significant changes challenging. This is because consent is required by planning authorities which protect the interests of the property. For owners of a grade two building looking to replace windows, you will have to obtain permission to do so. It is worth noting that changes that significantly affect the outside appearance of listed buildings are generally frowned upon. 

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