Listed buildings have a history that is important to preserve. Organisations like Historic England try to preserve the look of historic buildings for future generations. They do this by imposing rules on listed buildings to prevent development that would be unsympathetic to the historical origins. This is certainly a good thing in preserving the history of our nation, but it can create difficulties for homeowners that own listed buildings and need to improve their energy efficiency.
It can be done, but it requires some planning and consultation in advance. The usual advice is that restoration is better than replacement. Ventrolla are the experts in advising the best steps for wooden window repair.
If you suspect that your home is a listed building, it is important to do your research before making any changes to windows. It is possible that your building may be a part of a conservation area rather than a listed building, which means different rules. A good place to start your research is the Historic England Website. There is a list of useful links on the Ventrolla advice page.
The next step is to speak with your local conservation officer. Most local authorities will employ a conservation officer to advise you on a range of questions. They will be able to tell you if planning permission or Listed Building Consent is required.
Once you have the information from the local conservation officer, it’s time to speak with the experts at Ventrolla. Ventrolla can provide a free no-obligation quote for each wooden window repair or replace including any documentation that your planning officer may wish to see.
Ventrolla have been working with listed buildings for 35 years, so there will always be someone to offer advice at any point along the project. For more information about listed buildings please contact us.