Sash windows required for sheltered flats

An appeal for 56 assisted living apartments and 30 affordable homes has been allowed on the edge of an Oxfordshire conservation area subject to a stipulation that sliding sash windows should be installed on some elevations.

The sheltered accommodation was to be located in a large block that was intended to reflect some of the architectural features of older buildings in the area, some of which were listed. The inspector recognised that the scheme had been designed to form a visual link through the use of shared window designs.

In his opinion, the use of casement windows would be out of character with the sashes used in the listed buildings and fail to inject the high-quality design required. However, he agreed that the use of casements on the remaining elevations was acceptable because they were less prominent in public views of the site.

DCS Number 100-050-377

Inspector Jon Roberts; Written representations.

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