Rothesay hoteliers appeal windows snub

Harry and Hazel Greene have appealed against the refusal of planning permission for new uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay.

Harry and Hazel Greene have appealed against the refusal of planning permission for new uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay.

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An appeal has been lodged against refusal of plans by the owners of a Rothesay hotel to install uPVC windows in their property.

The Scottish Government is to be asked to look again at the decision by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee to refuse Harry and Hazel Greene permission to remove single-glazed, wooden-framed sash and case windows and to install double-glazed, uPVC-framed tilt-and-turn versions in their place.

The appeal was lodged by Mr and Mrs Greene’s agent, Jim Wilson, with the Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals (DPEA).

Explaining the grounds for the appeal, Mr Wilson told the DPEA: “The planning authority have refused this application in respect of a Category C listed building for the installation of PVCu windows when there are hundreds of examples of PVCu windows being installed throughout the conservation area and adjacent to this particular property.

“The council window policy is long out of date and the area is not ‘policed’ by the local authority. There are many instances of windows being replaced without the benefit of planning permission but with no action being taken by the local authority.”

At the time of this article’s publication, the case was awaiting allocation to a DPEA reporter.