Farmhouse's listed status should be reviewed after harmful extensions allowed

The replacement of timber windows and doors with uPVC at a listed 18th century farmhouse grouping in North Yorkshire has been allowed on one elevation but refused on another, the inspector determining that their impact on the significance of the historical asset was reduced by the other harmful alterations that had been allowed to the buildings since its listing.

In what the inspector considered was an "unusual case" , the enforcement notice related to works to a farmhouse group of "pleasing" appearance with slate roof, coped gables and stone dressed grit stone rubble. But the inspector held that planning permissions granted since the building’s listing in 1975 for harmful extensions to the farmhouse group had significantly detracted from its original qualities and the windows and doors the subject of the enforcement appeal,  which were introduced some 20 years ago, had also played a part in altering the building’s historic and architectural character. He noted that there had been confusion by the council in the past about whether the buildings were listed or not and queried why it had taken so long for enforcement action against the windows and doors to materialise.

In concluding on ground (a), that the building was not of special architectural or historic interest, the inspector found the case to be finely balanced but ultimately held the building was still of some merit and therefore a contravention had occurred, although he urged the appellant to continue with their request to English Heritage for the building to be de-listed. In looking at the steps needed to remedy the contravention, an implied ground the inspector had introduced during the appeal, he held the steps required by the council were excessive and felt only the uPVC windows and doors to the main elevation affected the significance of the building and needed replacing, whilst those on the side elevation could remain.

Inspector: Anthony Wharton; Written representations

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