REPLACEMENT windows fitted in converted farm buildings should have listed building consent, a planning inspector ruled.
She overturned a decision by Chester City Council to refuse consent for the windows installed by Dr C May at 5 Hallowsgate Court in Kelsall.
Following the city council decision, Dr May appealed to First Secretary of State John Prescott, who appointed inspector Susan Hesketh to deal with the appeal. listed farm buildings were converted for residential purposes in the 1980s, says the inspector.
The city council that aspects of the scheme, particularly the number and position of the windows and door were 'less than satisfactory.'
The double-glazed windows, which were inserted when the building was converted, were typical of 1980s developments.
At 5 Hallowsgate Court, these had been replaced by dark woodgrain-effect uPVC windows with similar pane sizes.
The inspector says that although single-glazed, small-paned windows are often preferable in historic buildings, at 5 Hallowsgate Court the new windows do not appear out of place as they are 'remarkably similar' to those they have replaced.
They are also in keeping with windows in other properties in the development. the appeal, the inspector said the replacement windows by Dr May preserved the character and appearance of the listed building.