Planning decision a pane for home-owner

AN appeal against an enforcement notice regarding the replacement of a window in a historic house in Staithes was dismissed by a planning inspector.

The appeal against the notice was made by Simon McCabe of Red House, High Street, Staithes.

Mr McCabe had breached planning control by installing a top opening mock Victorian sash window beside the front door of Red House.

Inspector Keith Turner said that the enforcement notice issued by the North York Moors National Park had required Mr McCabe to replace the mock Victorian sash window with a single-glazed box sash window with wedge-shaped glazing bars to resemble traditional putty.

Mr Turner said that the house was in Staithes Conservation Area and the National Park Authority was concerned that such alterations eroded the character of Staithes through the loss of traditional features.

He said that the replacement window failed to preserve the character of the conservation area and therefore he had decided to dismiss the appeal and uphold the enforcement notice.