If you’re a homeowner in a conservation area, then there are some specific things you need to know about your windows. In this article, we’ll give you a quick guide to the rules governing windows in conservation areas, and we’ll also provide some tips on how you can choose the right windows for your home. Keep reading to learn more!

What is a conservation area?

A conservation area is an area of land that has been designated by the government as being of special scientific or historical interest and therefore requiring protection. Conservation areas are often found in national parks or nature reserves, but they can also be located in urban areas.

Potential conservation areas within the UK include the following:

  • National parks
  • Towns and villages of architectural interest
  • Historical sites

Local conservation regulations

The idea behind conservation regulations is to keep the original design of the area, and limit the amount of modernisation to what people deem is a special interest area, which puts restrictions on what people can build. 

Although these regulations mean that you can’t build new buildings completely, there are options that you can pick to upgrade your home if you do live in these areas, especially when looking for window options that are going to fit with the design you need. 

Why install new windows?

Although it might be harder to find a design that is going to fit with your home, there are many benefits to fully replacing your windows, rather than updating your existing ones. 

Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased security: You can use UPVC or timber sashes which have strong locks and thick glazing with a traditional looking design to increase security.
  • Energy-efficiency: You can blend modern double-glazing into sash windows and other more traditional window designs – removing any need for submitting a planning application. 
  • Noise-reduction: Buildings in conservation zones that have a high level of traffic can enjoy peace, while still achieving the authentic look of their windows with double glazing windows.

Do I need permission to change my windows in a conservation area?

You usually don’t need permission to change your windows if you are keeping the same style that is currently installed. Changing window styles may require consent, which can cause some issues in modern renovations where designers or architects want to create something new. However if you are looking at changing window styles, you will want to consider a style that fits with the theme, and make sure you ask the council for permission.

If you are looking to install new windows in a conservation area, be sure to consult with your local authority first. There may be specific guidelines and regulations that must be followed in order to ensure the preservation of the area. By working with an experienced installer, such as QBD, you can rest assured that your new windows will be installed properly and according to all applicable standards.