Homeowner is told to go back to tradition

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 January 2007 | UPDATED: 19:54 01 June 2010

PLANNERS want coloured glass blocks removed from a Georgian town house in The Crescent, Wisbech. They are asking Fenland District Council s planning committee to instigate enforcement proceedings so the blocks are removed and replaced by a central sliding

PLANNERS want coloured glass blocks removed from a Georgian town house in The Crescent, Wisbech.

They are asking Fenland District Council's planning committee to instigate enforcement proceedings so the blocks are removed and replaced by a central sliding sash window.

The blocks have been used to form a window in an extension at the back of the Grade Two listed building in the town's conservation area.

Approval was given to alterations and refurbishment back in 1994 and in 2003 a change of use from art gallery to residential dwelling was also approved.

Councillors will be told that during a site visit in 2004 a council officer saw the glass blocks had been installed within the window space. A meeting was held with the owner to discuss removing the unauthorised blocks and replacing them with a traditional wooden sash window.

In October last year the council wrote to the owner/occupier requesting the submission of a valid listed building planning consent application to be submitted within 21 days but on December 13 a check of records revealed an application had not been submitted.

A report to councillors says: "Having given consideration to the circumstances of this matter officers have concluded that due to the time expended on this matter it is now clearly expedient to take formal proceedings to secure the removal of the unauthorised glass blocks and the reinstatement of a traditional wooden sliding sash window; as it would appear that the owner/occupier of the premises has no intention of complying with the council's requests.

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