Can I fit uPVC windows in a conservation area?

Last Updated: 13 May 2024

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Conservation areas, such as the 109 found in the Peak District National Park, are protected because of their natural and cultural importance. If you’re lucky enough to own a home in one of these areas, asking if you can change your windows will be a question that will be raised sooner or later.

Windows on homes in conservation areas do more than just keep the elements at bay. Their materials, design and backstory can add considerable character to a property. However, over time these windows may need to be replaced for something more modern like uPVC windows. But where do you start? We’ll look to help you with this question.

Do I need planning permission to change my windows in an AONB?

Local authorities play a vital role in keeping the charm of these conservation areas. As a result, you will need to liaise with your local council and get planning permission before the project can begin. They will generally grant planning permission if the windows improve the building’s energy efficiency and protect the character and appearance of the conservation area.

Regulations for will vary depending on the area and the decision will ultimately be decided by a local planning officer. Contact your local council for more details about planning permission and these regulations.

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Can I use uPVC windows to replace my old wood windows in a conservation area?

uPVC has established itself as a true rival to traditional timber frames. Durability and low maintenance are 2 key benefits when considering it as an option. uPVC is renowned for its enhanced security standards offering you and your family protection from intruders.

Our energy efficient timber effect windows are an effective way of saving money on your energy bills. Should you look to sell your home, updated windows may add value to your home and make an attractive incentive for potential buyers.

Our range of colours is designed to match the natural beauty of your home. English Oak and Rosewood are inspired by the look of varnished timber. White, Clotted Cream and Painswick Grey match the appearance of painted timber.

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Why should I choose Reddish Joinery?

Since 1967, Reddish Joinery has been delivering superior personal and bespoke service to homeowners across the North West. We’ve built a reputation for our craftsmanship and quality. We offer a vast range of windows, doors, conservatories and much more.

Our friendly, knowledgeable team are on hand to make your home improvement dreams come true. Contact us or pop into our showroom to inspire your next project.

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