Damp controls agreed to preserve house

The installation of a damp control system at a grade II listed house in a Kent conservation area has been allowed after an inspector decided that it was necessary to keep the property habitable.

The main parties agreed that the property suffered from damp. The local authority did not favour installation of hollow chambers made from sand and cement in the exterior walls. The chambers were the size of a standard facing brick and contained a tubular ceramic component preventing damp rising up the walls. Instead, the council suggested that a cement-based render and dry-lining the walls internally would be preferable.

The inspector accepted that the chambers would appear different from the standard bricks but decided that painting them a similar colour would mitigate their impact. The application of render and dry-lining would be more harmful to the building, he opined. It was essential to ensure its long-term future and the appellant's solution was preferable, he ruled.

DCS Number 100-051-088

Inspector Tony Bingham; Written representations.

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