DC Casebook: Housing: Conversion - Render blocked on historic stone fabric

A housing association has been refused permission for a scheme in a Devon conservation area after an inspector ruled that rendering a property would undermine its historic importance.

The property had probably been designed by an architect responsible for notable buildings in the area. It was built of a red stone that was no longer available with limestone dressings around doors and windows. The appellants proposed to render the external walls to prevent further deterioration of the stone through water penetration.

The inspector decided that the stone was a dominant part of the building's character and rendering would conceal this. Water penetration could be combatted by other methods that would allow the stone to contribute to the conservation area, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-069-180

Inspector John Wilde; Written representations.

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