Blacksmith’s window planning

AN HISTORIC listed building in Fylingthorpe, formerly a blacksmith’s forge, is to have its windows replaced with double glazed ones.

Named Blacksmith’s Cottage it was described by North York Moors National Park planning officers as a grade two listed building dating from the early nineteenth century in a prominent position in the centre of Fylingthorpe conservation area.

Applicant the Reverend Michael Waters wants to replace the windows at the front of the cottage with double glazed Yorkshire sliding sash windows.

Planning officers said that ordinarily they would not support the replacement of single glazed traditional windows with double glazed ones in a listed building but in this case the cottage’s present spiral balanced vertical sliding sashes were installed prior to listing and are not wholly traditional.

They explained that the proposed style to be installed would help to differentiate the historically separate function of the working ground floor from the domestic upper floors with their fine Georgian vertical sliding sashes.

As a result, they will enhance the character of the historic building.