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- First Floor Flat, 248 High Street, Batheaston, Bath
Internal and external works comprising the refurbishment of the interior: replacement bathroom suite, flooring, joinery works to the modern internal staircase, installation of timber shutters, replacement of modern doors and ironmongery, installation of secondary glazing, installation of solar panels and bathroom extract vent within the roof valley and establishing a courtyard garden within the curtilage of the building whilst retaining the three allocated parking spaces.
The Trust is supportive of the proposed removal and replacement of the existing, poor quality modern secondary glazing and draftproofing. In principle, we support the use of secondary glazing to improve the thermal performance of the building without compromising on its historic features. The installation through all windows on the first and second floor would ensure a largely uniform, homogenous appearance which would not detract from the appearance of the retained historic windows. We note that the ground floor window is distinctly different in design and age, and therefore is visually discordant anyway, regardless of its exclusion from this application. We maintain the use of magnetically-fixed secondary glazing as a minimally invasive and easily reversible addition to improve the energy efficiency and residential comfort of a historic building and ensure its long-term, sustainable use.
However, we recommend that existing and proposed window sections are provided by the LPA to clearly outline the degree of proposed change to the windows, and any resulting change in appearance and associated potential impact. We additionally suggest that joinery details of the proposed shutters are submitted to the LPA for assessment.
The proposed installation of PV panels on the inner roof slope would have a negligible visual impact on the listed building. However, we would recommend that the design and finish proposed are compliant with Policy SCR2 of the Core Strategy and Placemaking Plan, and in particular would recommend a matt finish.