North Berwick uPVC windows row

Sunday October 3rd 2021


The house at Marine Parade, North Berwick

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

A homeowner is appealing a decision to stop him replacing windows at his beach front home with plastic frames claiming it goes against the council’s own climate change policy.

East Lothian Council planners refused to grant permission for the owner of the house on North Berwick’s Marine Parade to replace 13 timber window frames with uPVC despite claims they would look exactly the same.

Now the owner is taking the decision to the council’s Local Review Body on appeal claiming planners are putting “excessive barriers” in front of residents who want to make their homes more efficient.

In an appeal statement the owner JD Crow’s agent Alan Wood said: “If the aims and objectives of the climate change strategy are to be met owners have to be engaged with by the council and given encouragement, not having excessiuve barriers placed in the way of reasonable progress.”

Mr Wood said he has nearly 40 years of experience in building design and understands criticism of some uPVC frames in the past.

However he insisted the design proposed for the house would match the timber frames which are being replaced.

He said: “The use of a different material, to make an otherwise nigh perfect replica window which would be unrecognisable from any distance, is surely excessive reason for refusal nowadays.”

Planners refused permission for the replacement windows in June this year saying the frames would set an “undesirable precedent” in North Berwick’s conservation area.

The appeal will be held at the review body in November.

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