Properties on Friars Street, Market Hill, Queens Close, Belle Vue Rd, School Street

B/13/01229/LBC  35 Friars Street

We note that an application was made on 11 09 2013 for change of use from office to residential use but that it has not yet been decided. Work was well under way when this application was made and it seems rather late in the day to check out what alterations were planned to this listed building. We are concerned that the owners appear to have decided how to deal with the historic features without benefit of any conservation advice. We trust this will be remedied before consent is given. We are concerned at the intention to renew all the existing windows on the basis that they have deteriorated beyond repair. The existing ones to the front elevation will be impossible to reproduce satisfactorily and some of the building’s unique features could be lost. There are joiners who would be able to restore them without altering their appearance, of both frames and glazing, probably able also to add internal weatherstripping. Work on unique listed buildings often requires careful intervention rather than replacement.

B/13/01349/FUL  25 Market Hill  change of use A1 to A2

A pity to lose retail space in favour of professional and financial services; since the latter can include betting and Wonga type outlets we hope any applications will be vetted carefully.

B/13/01350/FUL  New house adjacent to Dunedin, Queens Close

We assume the larger development proposals have been abandoned. We are sad to see yet another uninspired “traditional” design when a more modern approach would have exploited the dramatic site slope more imaginatively.

B/13/01387/FHA  Homeland 13, Belle Vue Road

The proposal is to transform this attractive and modest locally listed house into something altogether grander. We are pleased to see retention of the delightful garden frontage and more sensible relocation of the entrance but we feel the rather heavy handed Victorian treatment does not respect the original and again we suggest that a lighter touch modern design would have been more appropriate.

B/13/00678/FHA   14 School Street
We note that the owner is appealing against refusal the application to instal upvc replacement windows. We support of course rejection of the appeal but we note that the grounds for appeal are that such windows have been installed a few doors up in the same terrace. You will need to justify lack of action on this earlier example. We noted this in our comments on the original application