Porch Glass Replacement
Replacement of Porch Glass
In 2008 – 2009 the FRAL Board looked at various materials that might be used in conjunction with or as a replacement for, the glazing of Fieldend porches, with a view to reducing the visual impact of the many items we now store in our porches. Diffused white laminate glass was identified as a possible solution. Following consultation with residents, its use was approved at the
We have now learnt that as a result of the Article 4 Directive, this is no longer the case. Planning permission is required for changes to the glazing in the porch and any alterations that have been made since the introduction of the Article 4 direction will require a retrospective planning application to “regularise” the change of glass. Please note that the Article 4 Directions has resulted in a number of small scale changes requiring planning permission.
Residents wishing to replace their porch glass should therefore not only inform the Board in writing but also apply for planning permission. The following should be sent to Richmond’s Planning Department and an approval issued before the commencement of any work:
HOT– available on the Council’s web site
- a design statement (example document click here)
- A photo of your porch
- a map of Fieldend with your own house clearly marked (available from the Conservation Area documents click here)
The Planning Office has been sent a sample of the glass and the technical specification, and applicants should note this on their form.
At the time of writing, no fee is required for this application.
Fieldend’s contact in the Planning Office is currently Helen Donnelly (H.Donnelly@richmond.gov.uk)
The original glass is no longer available and Residents should also be aware of the need for the use of safety, shatterproof glass in the lower panels. Residents who used boarding in their porches prior to the Article 4 Directive in October 2009 need not be concerned but other Residents should be aware that this style of porch is now unlikely to gain approval.
The diffused white laminate glass is available from A1 Glass, Heath Road, Twickenham. Any alternative glazing materials would require permission from both the FRAL Board and approval from the Planning Department at Richmond.
If you have any questions please contact any member of the FRAL board.