Casebook: Appeal Case - Listed buildings - Victorian lanterns rejected as anachronistic

The addition of brass lanterns at a grade II* listed 16th century building in Suffolk has been refused listed building consent after an inspector ruled that they would be incongruous and out of character with the property.

The appellants wanted to install two copper lanterns on either side of the main entrance door, replace stone steps and erect handrails. The inspector, noting that the proposed fittings were intended to replicate Victorian gas lamps, found no evidence to indicate that such lamps had been fitted in the past. The building dated from a much earlier period, he decided.

However, he agreed that there would be some benefit in replacing the steps in natural stone. The handrails were also acceptable and would add a degree of safety when the steps were in use, he determined. He concluded that these aspects of the works would be acceptable and granted listed building consent and planning permission.

DCS No: 100039806; Inspector: Neil Holt; Written representations.

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