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Guidance for making alterations

Historic buildings or buildings within historic areas

In the early stages, seek advice from Planning Officers or the Conservation Officer.

Work carried out without required permissions / consents may result in enforcement action.

This will cause disruption and can lead to considerable expense.

Check if alterations need planning permission or advertisement consent

Planning application and permission.

Check if alterations need listed building consent

Email the Conservation Officer: [email protected] 

Replacing windows

Historic windows are an important part of a building's external appearance:

  • method of opening
  • window furniture
  • old glass

can have a significant effect on the character of buildings and areas.

Give careful thought when replacing historic windows with modern windows.

Modern windows are usually not designed or manufactured for use in historic buildings.

Windows design guidelines

Useful advice for those looking to refurbish, repair or replace their windows:

Windows design guidelines [pdf document, 7mb].

In a listed building any changes to the:

  • exact style
  • profiles
  • methods of opening
  • materials

will need listed building consent.

Shop fronts

Traditional shop fronts help keep an area's character.

They add to architectural interest.

Darlington has many original Victorian and Edwardian shop fronts.

Refurbishment plans should include the replacement of individual areas with new wood.

Avoid replacing everything.

The original wood is higher quality than either the softwood or hardwood of today.

Maintained and restored a historic shop front will outlast any made from new timber.

Shop front design guidelines [pdf document, 7.8mb].

Shop front Security

Shop front security can be an important and emotive issue for retailers.

Some security measures can degrade the quality of listed buildings and conservation areas.

The most common form of shop front security are solid roller shutters.

Shutters can be:

  • unattractive
  • damaging
  • inappropriate on historic buildings or in historic areas

other security measures can be more effective.

Consider them before applying for permission or consent for shutters.

Most shopfront alterations need planning permission.

Listed buildings are also likely to need prior listed building consent.

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