The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has recently upheld an enforcement notice concerning the installation of a door with ‘stained glass depictions of local landscapes’ in the Chapmanslord Conservation Area, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, despite an article 4 direction in place since 2017 removing Permitted Development (PD) rights to alter or replace front doors.
IHBC Research Consultant Bob Kindred writes:
The Planning Inspector noted that front doors play a part in characterising the conservation area and on visiting the property observed that the houses typically had painted timber doors with a glazed section at the top, comprising small square panes or a simple Art Nouveau-style stained glass motif.
The appellant’s property was otherwise typical of the area, had replaced their front door with one incorporating the large panels arguing that it gave the house ‘distinction’.
While the Inspector noted the depiction of local scenes might be an attractive design ‘in itself or in another setting’, special attention must be paid to preserving the conservation area. The replacement door was therefore ‘out of character’ and occupied a ‘prominent and highly visible’ location.
The appellants argument that the previous door was ‘not original, of poor design and quality, single-glazed and ill fitting’ was not accepted as photographs of the previous door had showed it with small glass panes ‘more in keeping with the area’ and consequently the enforcement notice was upheld.
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