Why Do UK Local Councils in London Preserve Conservation Period Property?

Preserving the very best of ‘English Heritage’

British landscape and architecture, both in our rural and commercial districts, is iconic. Not only are the bucolic hills and hedges widely feted for their charm, but a wide variety of brick and mortar properties are also esteemed as conveying the very essence of the British character.

Exceptional examples of British architecture and buildings span the history of these island nations, from Domesday to our future-facing contemporary times. In particular, the period properties of pre-WWII ages such as the Victorian or Edwardian eras stand out as exemplary examples of fine British architecture which are always sought at a premium.

Where a geographical area, region, community or cluster of buildings is of particular cultural or architectural interest, the properties, and their locality may be deemed suitable for becoming a designated Conservation Area.

Conservation Areas are areas whose architectural or historic interest is such that they require special designation, management, and protection. This is typically done by the Local Planning Authority where the area is located. This is done to preserve and enhance these districts and is enshrined in UK law by the Civic Amenities act. Since 1967 when Stamford became the UK’s first conservation area, over ten thousand conservation areas have been identified and most UK local authorities have at least one conservation area within their boundaries. All conservation areas are overseen by Historic England who produces guidance on the identification and management of these special districts.

The preservation of UK period property within conservation areas is done for the following reasons:

  • to provide an assurance for the conservation area’s intrinsic character and aesthetic to be respected when any development is undertaken.
  • to set in place planning controls to ensure that development undertaken in the area is of decent quality and the features in the buildings or wider area, such as trees, are protected. It is important to note that properties in conservation areas are not necessarily period properties or listed buildings.
  • to denote a particular area as being important to the history or culture in a locality, or region which may make it a tourist destination (e.g. the Cotswolds).

Sensitivity in Restoration

Owning a property in a conservation area has become desirable due to the often attractive architectural aesthetics and the likelihood of living in one of Britain’s most beautiful areas. Homes in conservation areas typically carry more value than their non-designated equivalents but there are some things that owners need to be aware of.

Owners should be notified that any alterations that they intend to make to their property may be subject to an application to their local council to obtain planning permission. Key property renovation work such as the insertion of windows is typically subject to planning permission to ensure that the change to the building does not drastically alter the overall environment and erode the area’s unique character.

Replacement of windows is often desirable for conservation properties which may be older and have single-pane windows. uPVC is a popular upgrade for many homeowners, but one that some local planning departments may block certain window replacements if they are inappropriate or have a negative impact within the conservation area. Repair or like-for-like replacements are typically preferable if you are the owner of a historic building and so if you are considering window replacement, conservation timber windows are likely to be an acceptable choice.

Here is a perfect example of a maintained period property in one of the most prestigious addresses on the planet – SW1 – London:

Preserving Character With Fine Quality Timber

Conservation timber windows are an ideal choice for replacing windows and doors on a home with a conservation area. Timber is a traditional material that readily replicates the original fixtures and fittings of a period or historic building. Timber also can be used to readily fabricate sympathetic designs that are in keeping with the conservation area’s appearance. For suitable some of the very best examples of timber sash windows that are designed to match period property buildings, we recommend that you visit www.lomaxwood.co.uk/timber-sash-windows-london.

Contemporary Construction with a Traditional Aesthetic and Finish

Whether a property is contemporary or not. High-quality timber makes a sound choice for hardwearing windows that can carry traditional styling alongside improved performance with enhanced strength, acoustic and thermal performance. The selection of conservation timber windows not only provides a nuance upgrade to your conservation area property but allows your windows to take advantage of the very best in modern performance. Contact us today to find out more about conservation timber windows.