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Windows and doors in historic buildings - announcement of Consultation

28 January 2008

Consultation on new guidance and policy

Planning and Environment Minister Senator Freddie Cohen has released, for consultation, a White Paper and new supplementary planning guidance on how to deal with changes to windows and doors in historic buildings. He has also signalled his intent to waive planning application fees for certain replacement window applications, which will take effect shortly.

Windows and doors are important features in the appearance and character of Jersey’s historic buildings. An unsympathetic change to the style or appearance of one of these features can disrupt the overall appearance and harmony of a building. The impact of change can be dramatic – not only to the individual building – but also to the character of a street or lane. The new guidance and policy seeks to raise awareness of the significance of windows and doors and to ensure that their special value to the overall appearance of a building is protected, where appropriate.

“It is often the case that the special interest and local distinctiveness of a building is derived from the combination of lots of small and fine details” said Planning Minister, Senator Freddie Cohen. “The detailing of historic windows and doors can often be an important part of this and is what this guidance and policy is seeking to protect and enhance. I hope people find it interesting and helpful and I am keen to hear their views before I decide whether to adopt it,” he added.

The proposed new guidance and policy aims to provide a clear framework within which proposals to make changes to windows and doors in historic buildings can be considered.

People are being asked for their views on the proposed new guidance and policy on historic windows and doors before the Minister decides whether to adopt it. A White Paper has been published to accompany the draft guidance and the consultation period ends on 21 March 2008



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