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    Has anyone on this forum had any dealings with planning authorities when trying to install external wall insulation in a conservation area. I have a detached solid brick house. Each room has three external walls and so internal insulation is very problematic, especially when considering that the all internal walls would also have to insulated to prevent cold bridging. It may be a conservation area, but here in Cambridgeshire if we don’t cut down our emissions there may be little left to conserve.


    Kate Grant

    We have a 1910 end of terrace house in a London conservation area and wanted to have EWI on the end wall. We were told by the Council Planning Dept that it would have to look the same after EWI,as the wall is visible from the street and as it’s brick that would have been a lot more expensive than the standard render finish. We are allowed to install standard EWI at the back. There is too much original decorative finish on the internal walls to make it feasible; cornices, dados, rails, coving, skirtings etc not to mention radiators, cupboards, bookshelves etc.



    My application for EWI has not yet been processed, but I am not expecting a positive reply as I did not have encouraging discussions with the planning dept a few years ago. However, I have been doing a bit of research and came across the following (see links), in which an original application was rejected by Brent council and an appeal succeeded. Like the example below I intend to retain the appearance of the front of the house, but insulate and render the sides and back. I have tried contacting the architects for more information, but they have yet to get back to me. Reading the results of the appeal I am more optimistic that if we put forward a good set of reasoned arguments we should succeed. Good luck.


    heather peake

    good morning ,

    I was curious to know if the issues with the planning department had been resolved and if you had had the works carried out on your properties? I work for a External Wall insulation company and would be more than happy to offer you any advice or information on the above .

    Thanks Heather

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