Hart District Council has granted permission for a new double glazed window at Yateley Baptist Church
Despite having initial concerns over plans to modernise a church window in Yateley, planning bosses have given the green light to a double glazing project.
Yateley Baptist Church, in Cricket Hill Lane, urgently needs its main window replaced as the wooden frame around it is rotting.
When the church’s Stephen Colclough requested planning permission last January, the conservation officer for Hart District Council expressed concerns that changes might make the building not look like a church anymore.
However, following a second planning application submitted in October, the authority has now granted permission to the modernisation scheme.
Mr Colclough said: “The church is very pleased to have been granted planning permission to change the large window in the front of the church.
“Planning permission was required before this work could be carried out because the church is in the Cricket Hill conservation area.
“Being able to replace the old single glazed window with a modern double glazed uPVC unit will reduce ongoing maintenance costs.
“More importantly, it will reduce the heat loss from the church and thereby reduce the environmental impact of heating the building.”
Yateley Baptist Church was built in 1966 and extended in 1972 and 1994. Due to the original design of the building, water does not run off easily and the window has been repaired a couple of times in the past.
When Mr Colclough applied to the council initially asking to replace the window with uPVC double glazing, a conservation officer said there needed to be closer detail to the exiting style to prevent it from looking like "merely a hall".
Following a second application, Lucie Tushingham was satisfied with the plans as they included vertical frames present in the current window.
She said: “The previous scheme removed all the horizontal transoms, which eroded the design of the window and its connection to the building.
"The current scheme, as on the drawings, now illustrates a design in keeping with the existing and use of the building.”
The replacement work is expected to cost the church between £3,000 and £4,000, which the congregation has saved up for.
Mr Colclough said although the project was to change the material used for the new window, the intention was that the appearance of the building would not "substantially change".