By Tristan Harris Wednesday 05 February 2014 Updated: 07/02 10:34
SIX APPLICATIONS for permission to add external wall insulation to properties across Bromsgrove have been given the green light by the district council's planning committee.
Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) put forward the proposals so work could be carried out on its properties across the district.
We reported last month how the scheme could be extended to private owners to have the work done if they wanted although it was stressed there was no obligation for homeowners and the cost of it would depend on whether subsidies were granted.
The process involves 110mm thick polystyrene insulation boards being added to some of the external walls, which is covered with a protective and decorative layer of render. That can either offer a white or cream colour or a brick effect.
At the planning committee meeting on Monday (February 4), a bdht representative claimed the insulation could save each household £400 per year and that the work was guaranteed for 25 years.
When it came to the first application, relating to homes in Churchfields Close, Churchfields Road and Crabtree Lane, a speaker, representing 23 residents argued that if some of the properties were insulated and some were not it would alter the overall street scene.
He urged the committee, because of that detrimental effect, to turn it down but it was passed by seven votes to two.
The other five applications relating to King Edward Avenue, Melbourne Avenue, York Avenue, King George Close, King George Avenue, Broad Street, King Edward Road, Perryfields Crescent, Perryfields Road, Dragoon Fields, Cobnall Road, Barnfield Road, Millfield Road and Shrubbery Avenue were all voted through unanimously.
Conditions on the proposals include the work must start within three years, it should be carried out as it is shown on the plans, schedules and other documents and that the proposed render colours - from the specified range of cream or off-white - shall be used.
For more on the project, visit www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/warmerwallsproject.
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