Windows installed in historic Kilmarnock home given thumbs down by council planners

The owners of an historic home in Kilmarnock have been told that windows and gates installed by a previous owner are against planning regulations.

Planners at East Ayrshire Council received a retrospective planning application for the B-listed building in London Road.

As well as seeking approval for modern uPvc windows and gates at the Victorian property, the owner also asked for permission to create a car port and remove doorsteps.

The property, built between 1869 and 1879, is split into two homes, with the applicant’s neighbour raising an objection about the proposed carport.

Agents for the owner argued that there were precedents for the alterations to the property, which is part of the London Road Conservation Area.

They stated that neighbouring homes had ‘updated’ traditional windows to PVC, as well as similar entrance gates.

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In a statement to planners Lucy Russell, of TmC planning, said: “The applicant clearly appreciates the character of the London Road area and the status of their property as a listed building, as the colour and style of the windows are not dissimilar to the original style.

“They have also ensured that their stained-glass window, which has cultural and historic significance, has not changed in any way.

Historic Environment Scotland describe the property as ‘a good example of a 19th Century Italianate villa built to a high quality.

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In their report of handling, EAC planners stated: “The replacement uPVC windows and proposed carport represent discordant and incongruous features that adversely impact on the character and appearance of the B Listed building.

“They fail to preserve the features of special architectural and historic interest that the listed building possesses.

“By comparison with the traditional timber windows, the uPVC windows, as installed, look ungainly and incongruous and they are totally out of character with this fine listed building and have subsequently devalued its traditional quality and architectural integrity.

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“To justify replacing the original windows with uPVC windows on energy efficiency is not a justifiable reason. There is clearly good practice advice that is readily available to allow appropriate window upgrade or replacement to a listed building whilst also achieving energy efficiency.

“Overall, the uPVC windows and proposed carport would have an unacceptable impact on the B Listed building and would not preserve the listed building and the architectural or historic features.”

The application was refused by East Ayrshire Council planners under delegated powers.

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