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Times are constantly changing and because of this, people have to cope with changes, including business owners and homeowners. Among one of the many changes taking place right now is climate change. This affects everyone not only in the country, but the whole world.


Because of these changes, there have been a lot of people who are trying to cope with these changes by using energy efficient technologies and improvements that make homes stronger and suitable in battling out the changes, including double glazing. However, not everyone can try to improve their lives by using double glazing because of certain limitations – planning permission.


As we all know, planning permission is a necessary step all homeowners and commercial business owners need to acquire before changing anything on their home, including windows. Because of this, it can get in the way of improving the energy efficiency and liveability of a property.


Planning Permission


For many people, planning permission may not have been a completely understood concept until they discover it since they need to have something remodelled or installed in their home or business establishment.


According to Wikipedia, "Planning permission or planning consent is the permission required in the United Kingdom in order to be allowed to build on land, or change the use of land or buildings." There are many kinds of planning permission so you have to make sure to speak with your local council to consult your situation before having anything made in your home.


In other terms, not everyone is allowed to install uPVC double glazed windows and doors in some parts of the UK in order to preserve its Victorian heritage.


The Problem


Earlier this year, there was a concern raised by Llandudno hoteliers regarding the installation of their double glazed windows. For generations, Llandudno has been a holiday attraction for many people because of its gold sands and beaches. It has evolved from what it was before and many organisations were formed to champion the tourist industry in that place.


Going back to the problem, these hoteliers have decided to install double glazed windows into their establishments to improve its heat insulation and for energy efficiency. However, the Conwy council did not like this idea and the court might have to order them to remove the uPVC windows and retrofit the old ones which will cost them a lot more money.


According to Aberconwy MP Guto Bedd, everybody appreciated that the Llandudno conservation area was crucial to the success of the town economically. Although people are aware of this and that uPVC windows should not have been installed in the first place, their problem was the age of the old windows. Some of them were installed 30 or 20 years ago.


This is just an example of how planning permission may get in the way of energy efficiency and practicality because of cultural preservation. If you are facing the same concern, make sure you talk it with your local council to fix the problem.

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