A total of 59 upvc windows had replaced timber windows and 8 satellite dishes had been installed. The appellant took the view that the original features of the building had disappeared and that the building could not be maintained as a listed building due to the high maintenance cost. The inspector, on the other hand, considered that it was still distinctly recognisable from its list description. Although some architectural and historic features might have ‘disappeared’ it was still evident that it was once a significant country house of merit. He considered that the upvc windows were significantly harmful to the character of the listed building, remarking that the fittings were crude and basic and detracted markedly from the appearance of the building. The window frames were thick and bulky and the overall fenestration pattern looked alien and obtrusive, he held.
With regard to the satellite dishes on the principal elevation, he also found the proliferation of these modern pieces of telecommunications equipment to be visually harmful to the building, its setting and its special architectural and historic features. They were randomly placed and, quoting a well-known saying in relation to buildings, they appeared as carbuncles on the face of a good friend.
Inspector: Anthony Wharton; Written representations