Advice given re. Listed building and Double Glazing

Leigh Brookes made this Freedom of Information request to Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

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Hi there,
I’d like to request the following information (under the Freedom of Information Act 2010):

A tabulated list (in csv, xls, or doc format) of advice given re. listed building planning applications for the replacement of:
a. existing original,
b. existing non-original (e.g. unauthorised uPVC), or;
c. installation of new
double glazed windows in Listed (Grade I, II* and II) buildings in the UK. e.g. Chelsea Barracks (London,) various residential properties in Stroud, various Grade I listed buildings in Edinburgh

Minimum dataset to include the following:
1.) Reference number (allowing further look up in Planning Portal)
2.) Date of application
3.) Building address
4.) Description of application
5.) Application Decision
6.) Approving Authority
7.) Conditions if approved
8.) Date of appeal
9.) Appeal Decision
10.) Appeal Authority
11.) Conditions if approved

Application Date Range (submission date):
1.) From May-06 to May-16

Many thanks,

Leigh.

Bryan, Ann, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

Our Reference:16/1211

 

Dear Mr Brookes,

 

Re: Request – Advice given re Listed Buildings and Double Glazing

 

Thank you for your email to Historic England on 13 June  in which you have
requested various information regarding listed building planning
applications for the replacement of windows in listed buildings.

 

Please note that as we are Historic England we cannot answer for
properties in Edinburgh, please contact Historic Environment Scotland

 

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/

 

Your request will be considered under the Freedom of Information Act
(2000)/ the Environmental Information Regulations (2004).  We will be
writing to you within the statutory 20 working day timeframe with a
response to your request.  You will be informed if this is not possible.

 

Yours sincerely, 

Ann Bryan

Information Assistant

T 01793 414567 (am) 414797 (pm)

Room 2/07 (am) / G60 (pm) | The Engine House | Fire Fly Avenue |
Swindon | Wiltshire | SN2 2EH

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Wilkins, Mark, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

Dear Leigh,

 

Our Ref: 16/1211

 

Re: Request - Advice given re Listed Buildings and Double Glazing

 

Thank you for your email to Historic England on 13 June  in which you have
requested the following information regarding listed building planning
applications for the replacement of windows in listed buildings:

 

‘A tabulated list (in csv, xls, or doc format) of advice given re. listed
building planning applications for the replacement of:

a.      existing original,

b.      existing non-original (e.g. unauthorised uPVC), or;

c.      installation of new

double glazed windows in Listed (Grade I, II* and II) buildings in the UK.
e.g. Chelsea Barracks (London,) various residential properties in Stroud,
various Grade I listed buildings in Edinburgh (You would need to go to
Historic Environment Scotland for this information:
https://www.historicenvironment.scot/)

Minimum dataset to include the following:

1.)     Reference number (allowing further look up in Planning Portal)

2.)     Date of application

3.)     Building address

4.)     Description of application

5.)     Application Decision

6.)     Approving Authority

7.)     Conditions if approved

8.)     Date of appeal

9.)     Appeal Decision

10.)    Appeal Authority

11.)    Conditions if approved

Application Date Range (submission date):

1.)     From May-06 to May-1’

 

With regard to your request having looked in to this for you I am sorry to
inform you that I am unable to provide the information under Regulation
12(4)(b) of the EIR: Manifestly unreasonable requests- contained within
the EIR, as I believe that the cost of compliance with your request is too
great.  12(4) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(a), a public authority may
refuse to disclose information to the extent that –

 

(b) the request for information is manifestly unreasonable:

 

As the application of all exceptions contained within the EIR are
qualified by a public interest test I must consider whether, in all the
circumstances of the case, the public interest in refusing this request on
cost grounds outweighs the public interest in completing it. It is
important to note that any information released under the EIR is in the
public domain.

 

In favour of completing the request copies of complaints, I acknowledge
that it is in the public interest for the public to be provided with
information relating to Historic England’s work as an advisory body.
Making such information public helps to ensure the transparency of our
work. I have also considered the presumption in favour of disclosure that
is contained within the EIR act.

 

In favour of maintaining the exception I have considered that the
information you have requested is only held by Historic England and is
located in several parts of our Concase database system. It is not
possible to produce the detail of information you seek without substantial
manual manipulation of the data. In order to retrieve the information
requested, a member of staff would have to search the system and extract
the relevant data manually.

 

It is clear that this would not be straightforward to complete. Having
looked into this for you in some detail, I can confirm that locating and
extracting the information would take over the allowable limit (under EIR)
in staff time. In assessing the cost that might be incurred in order to
respond to EIR requests, the Information Commissioner suggests that public
authorities use a rate of £25 per hour for any staff time involved. Using
this as a guide, I have calculated that it would cost Historic England,
substantially, over the £450 in limit of staff time to respond to this
request.

 

Having considered the above I have concluded that the public interest is
currently best served by maintaining the exception that cost of compliance
for the data held is too great.

 

The burden created by answering the request would be significant, and
complying with the request would involve an unreasonable diversion of
resources from the provision of public services. Due to the time it would
take to complete this request, Historic England’s normal activities and
responsibilities would be interrupted. While Historic England makes every
effort to operate in accordance with both the spirit and letter of the law
I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of staff time that
requests such as your involve. Under the EIR Act organisations can refuse
requests because of this and I feel that this response provides you with
the information that I am able to within this limit.

 

If agreeable to you I would propose offering a reduced (and alternative
response) perhaps using properties in County of Stroud only as a sample of
this information.

 

Please Note: In regards to your points: 5 to 11 from your request, we do
not hold that information - it is obtainable from the Local Authority,
Using application numbers (supplied on the proposed response by Historic
England) you could extract  the required information easily from Stroud's
website. Please let me know if you would like me to provide this reduced
(and alternative response) information?

 

Please find attached more information on Historic England’s guidance,
relevant to this request:

[1]https://www.historicengland.org.uk/image...

 

I hope this is of some help to you. Please let me know ASAP if you would
like to me go ahead with the proposed request response?

 

Yours Sincerely

Mark Wilkins
INFORMATION RIGHTS OFFICER

IMT

) T 01793 414539

+ Historic England | Room 2/07 | The Engine House | Fire Fly Avenue |
Swindon | Wiltshire | SN2 2EH

: [2][email address]

 

 

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Hi Mark,

Thank you for your response.
I am happy to receive a subset of data - as follows:

1.) a reduced time period - e.g. last 2 years
2.) a geographically coherent dataset, e.g. all advice provided by EH to Hertfordshire CC (and it's contituent districts)

Kind regards,
Leigh.

Dear Mark,

Any news on this request please?

Kind regards,

Leigh Brookes

Wilkins, Mark, Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England

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Dear Leigh,

Re: Information Request: 16/1211

My sincere apologies I thought I had already sent this response to you.

Thank you for your email of 13th June 2016 and subsequent clarification (agreed on the 4th July), in which you requested information regarding 'Advice given re Listed Buildings and Double Glazing'

I can confirm that Historic England holds information that falls within the scope of your request and that, under the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, I am able to provide you with that information as attached.

We have only received 1 application in the last 2 years which related to double glazing:

15/0187/LBC – 13/02/2015 - Knightsland Farm, St Albans Road, Barnet, EN5 4RE - Various works to include: installation of ground source heat pump to basement; installation of underfloor heating in entrance hall; Installation of new radiator in dining room; Installation of air bricks to ventilate the sub-floor void of the dining room. Installation of mechanical ventilation to 3 no. bathrooms; Installation of slim profile double glazing to front first floor window and installation of 2 no. solar thermal panels on south pitch of garage roof. This was for a Grade II property. This information would be available from the Local Planning Authority at Barnet Council.

The next most recent application which we received relating was in 2013 from East Hertfordshire District Council. The planning reference was 3/13/0235/LB - Abbotts Farm, Abbotts Lane, Widford, East Hertfordshire, SG12 8RS - Installation of new window glazing to match the existing panes found in casement windows. All single glazing windows to be replaced with like for like double glazing units.

Please should note that this does not mean that there have been no other applications. I would suggest that you speak directly to the Local Planning Authorities, as there will be applications relating to Grade II Properties which we will not have been consulted on due to our remit.

I hope that the information I have been able to provide is useful to you. Details of our review procedure are attached.

Yours sincerely

Mark Wilkins
INFORMATION RIGHTS OFFICER
IMT
I T 01793 414539
T Historic England | Room 2/07 | The Engine House | Fire Fly Avenue | Swindon | Wiltshire | SN2 2EH
S [email address]

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