Response to Planning application
13/00254/F - 10 - 15 Broad Street Banbury OX16 5BN - Change of use of second floor to 6 no. 1 bed apartments and 1 no. 2 bed apartment for Midland Properties & Finance Ltd
Whilst this art-deco 1930s former Co-Op department store is locally listed, the Civic Society has no objection in principle to this residential conversion scheme for the building's top floor.
We would nevertheless observe that the proposal shows the replacement of all of the existing steel Crittal windows on the top floor and on the stairs through three floors with new double-glazed units 'to match the existing'. This will need very careful handling on the both the front and rear elevations in order not to disrupt the architectural unity and visual coherence of the building.
Whilst many of the windows at the rear are relatively plain 'Georgian'-style steel casements for which Crittal can supply double-glazed 'conservation' replacements, we'd observe that there is some relatively handsome stained glass in windows at the rear of the building's north wing (photos attached). This would be very difficult indeed to replicate convincingly.
Given the building's locally-listed status and its location within the banbury Conservation Area, we'd suggest that secondary internal glazing behind the existing windows would be preferable to replacement double glazing, certainly where the stained glass is located. For the sake of maintaining the unity of fenestration, it would ideally be used throughout the parts of the building to be affected by the proposals.
A note to the applicant and a suitable condition should do the trick.
I trust this is helpful.
(Rob Kinchin-Smith, Acting Chairman, Banbury Civic Society)