Living in a conservation area – What are the rules when restoring your sash windows?

If you live in a conservation area, lucky you! A conservation area is a way to ensure that beautiful period details remain safe from modern redevelopment. Conservation areas protect places of architectural and historical interest for future generations to enjoy. These areas are great at keeping our historical isles full of character and beauty, but it does mean that there are certain restrictions on what you can do to develop and repair properties.

What is a Conservation area?

A conservation area is designated by the council’s local planning authority. It means that there are extra planning controls and considerations for the area. Mostly, these controls affect the outside of the property, but this can include trees, doors and windows.

If you are not sure if your house is in a conservation area, you can contact your local planning authority.

Do I need planning permission to restore or replace sash windows in a conservation area?

The quick answer to this question is: if you are planning a radical redesign, then yes. You may find that it is not possible to make an obvious change to your windows.

Instead, it’s best to repair the sash windows sympathetically, keeping the existing frames or to replace with VPPS.

old white sash window
listed building with sash windows

What is VPPS?

VPPS is the Ventrolla Perimeter Sealing System. It is a beautiful sash window, built by the experts at Ventrolla, but without the leaky, draughty perimeters that are often associated with older sash windows. Using modern technology in a period-style frame, the historic beauty of the property is preserved, but the home is superbly insulated from draughts and moisture. As these designs are faithful to the original Georgian sash windows, no planning permission is necessary.

man repairing sash window
sash window repair

If you’d like more information about the VPPS in your conservation area home, contact our team for advice and a quote.