DC Casebook: Listed buildings - Awnings held disruptive on listed shop

An enforcement notice directed against awnings, shutters and flower boxes on a listed shop in Warwickshire has been upheld following a ruling that they harm its special interest.

The appeal premises comprised one of three matching and conjoined grade II listed buildings. The inspector opined that the buildings formed an architectural entity, were well proportioned and were very typical of their Regency styling. In his view, the large awning on the ground floor unbalanced the group's architectural harmony and those on the first floor completely altered its appearance, partially obscuring the windows.

Shutters are not normally found on the exterior of Regency town houses, he pointed out. The fact that they only extended over part of the height of the windows rendered them somewhat odd in appearance, he found. He considered that planting boxes installed on the second floor interfered with the clean lines of the windows. The works harmed the character of the building and its surroundings individually and cumulatively, he concluded.

Inspector: Keith Turner; Written representations

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