Approval sought for new Rothesay window guidance

Bute House Hotel owner Harry Greene outside the property which has been at the centre of much of the controversy over replacement windows in Rothesay.

Bute House Hotel owner Harry Greene outside the property which has been at the centre of much of the controversy over replacement windows in Rothesay.

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New guidance on the replacement of windows in buildings in Rothesay’s conservation area is expected to be approved this week.

But though the new proposals introduce an element of flexibility to window replacement, they are unlikely to bring much joy for the local hotelier who thrust the issue into the spotlight last year.

Members of Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee will be asked to adopt the new advice contained in a Rothesay Windows Technical Working Note when they meet in Lochgilphead on Wednesday.

But at the same meeting they will also be asked to refuse a retrospective application by Harry Greene for planning permission and listed building consent for the UPVC windows Mr Greene installed in the Bute House Hotel in the spring of 2014.

The new planning guidance - intended to replace the outdated Rothesay Window Policy Statement, which dates from 1995 - identifies listed buildings, ‘prime townscape blocks’ and ‘devalued listed buildings’ in the Rothesay conservation area and states the circumstances in which windows other than timber-framed sliding sash-and-case installation might be allowed.