DESIGN GUIDE ON THE REPAIR & REPLACEMENT
OF TRADITIONAL DOORS & WINDOWS
supplementary planning guidance
A Guide for Applicants and Developers
This SPG is intended to assist owners of historic buildings when considering carrying out the repair or
replacement of traditional doors and windows.
Badly designed or innappropriate doors can seriously harm the character of a historic building or area
and even reduce its market value.This document is intended as a guide to good practice and an aid to
ensure that doors and windows are appropriate in their historic context.
Listed Building Consent is required for alterations or replacement of doors and windows that effect the
character of the building, and it is an offence to carry out such works without consent.
Planning Permission may also be required in conservation areas, in particular where there is an Article
Four Direction in force.
It is important to check with the Planning Department whether any consent or permission is required
before carrying out such work. For advice and information telephone Preston 906594.
Doors make an important contribution to the character and appearance of historic buildings. The
insertion of modern doors can destroy the appearance of a traditional building and reduce its market
Consent is needed from the City Council to install new doors at the front and rear of Listed Buildings
and buildings affected by Article 4 Directions in the Avenham, Fishergate Hill and St. Ignatius Square
Conservation Areas. In most cases consent is needed to install new doors to the interior of Listed
Buildings. If you don’t know if your building is affected by such regulations ring the City Council on
Where modern doors are inappropriate in these areas affected it is the policy of the City Council to
refuse consent for their installations.
types of traditional door
ledged and braced
This form of door was normal to most buildings prior to the late 17th century, front and rear comprised