Old and new mix ‘unacceptable’

THE owner of a late 16th century farmhouse has lost his appeal to keep his new upvc windows and front door.

Mr S Stott claimed that Clough House Farm, at Causeway Head, Soyland, was not of special historic or architectural interest and that the changes made it warmer and more attractive.

But planning inspector Alan Novitzky said: “They appear inherently alien to a historic building of this kind –the components giving a machine-like geometry and unmistakably plastic finish.

“They appear thick and clumsy.

“Moreover, the arched heads of the window openings have been simply blanked out with a upvc infill panel above a rectangular pane of glass in a manner distinctly unsympathetic to the character of the listed building.”

Mr Novitsky rejected an appeal against the enforcement action taken by Calderdale Council and said the windows and door must be replaced within 12 months.