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Union Crescent, Margate

An application has been submitted to modify the windows of  5 Union Row.

Search for application 11/0424  on http://www.ukplanning.com/thanet

The application is so poor that Planning Officers are struggling to understand even which windows the application refers to – it is a mystery how the application was validated, missing compulsory items, such as a design and access statement or a legible elevation.

In the past, terrible alterations have been made to some of the houses in the row. However, the terrace is still legible as a whole and could at some point be restored to it’s former splendor. Every effort should be made to ensure the terrace and its buildings are preserved or enhanced.

The buildings are within the Conservation area and Grade II Listed

From the English herirtage listing:

“A crescent circa 1800. 4 storeys and basement with area. Originally stock brick but now many are stuccoed or pebble dashed. Stone coping. 3 sashes each with some glazing bars intact. Left side doorcases have rusticated surrounds, semi-circular fanlights, some original panelled moulded doors and area railings with urn finials. No 4 has a balcony with verandah on 1st floor, now missing from all other houses in the crescent. Nos 3 to 12 (consec) form a group”

3 to 12 Union Row, Union Crescent, Margate

Number 9 has had it’s  1st floor full length windows reduced in hight. Numbers 11 and 12 have had one of the three 1st floor windows reduced. These are totally inappropriate modifications and should not be used as a template to follow.

If windows are changed, they should be reverted back to the original full length 9 over 9 sashes, with detailing to match the existing original examples in the terrace. Number 10 is a perfect example.

The CAAG members are holding their breath in anticipation for the officer’s decision….

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Written by Louise

August 20, 2011 at 15:36

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  1. Allowing incremental changes that gradually erode the quality and coherence of the terrace affects the whole attitude of investors and brings the lower value investors that spend less on their building making a poorer environment for occupants and it becomes a vicious circle. One of the key roles of the planning department in Thanet must be to control such insensitive works which are well within their remit.

    Anonymous

    August 22, 2011 at 08:25

    • Agree with this comment. The cumulative effect of such seemingly minor alterations can be immensely damaging. The advent of PPS 5 last year provides an ideal new beginning from which to arrest the creep of such alterations along this fine terrace.

      Clare B. Wright

      August 22, 2011 at 08:31

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