Retrospective permission for uPVC windows at 77 Marchmont Road

Posted on: November 25, 2021

Our comments on application for retrospective permission for already installed uPVC windows in a designated Conservation Area

Address: 77 Marchmont Road Edinburgh EH9 1HB

Proposal:  Retrospective permission for installation of uPVC windows to replace timber and sash windows.

Reference No: 21/05735/LBC and 21/05858/FUL

Closing date for comments: 26/11/2021 and 10/12/2021

Determination date: 27/12/2021 and 31/12/2021

Result: Pending

Cockburn Response

The Cockburn Association OBJECTS to this retrospective planning application submitted in respect of  windows in a B-listed building within the Marchmont, Meadows and Bruntsfield Conservation Area.

The use of uPVC in this situation is very clearly contrary to the council own guidance on the use of uPVC in listed buildings and conservation areas and should not be permitted.

If planning permission is granted.  The Council’s policies will be effectively nullified and it may prove impossible going forward to object to uPVC replacement windows in other similar situations relating to Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings.

Key guidance includes:

  • ‘Listed Buildings & Conservation Areas Updated Feb 2019’ pages 13, 24, 25: “UPVC will not be acceptable.
  • ‘Guidance for Householders November 2021’ page 16: “UPVC is not a traditional or sustainable material, and its use will not normally be acceptable In listed buildings and conservation areas.