Concerns over cladding on council-owned homes

Residents from Torkington Street and Zebra Cottages who are against proposals to insulate the cottages.. Man in wheelchair is Richard Insall EMN-151116-231202009
Residents from Torkington Street and Zebra Cottages who are against proposals to insulate the cottages.. Man in wheelchair is Richard Insall EMN-151116-231202009
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Residents of Zebra Cottages in Stamford have raised concerns about cladding work being carried out on council-owned properties.

Property owners and residents, from Zebra Cottages, off Torkington Street, say they had not been made aware of planning applications, which were submitted in October, proposing to add a “spar dash finish” to six homes in Zebra Cottages, to improve the insulation, and to a similar application for another home in the same street that was approved in September.

The properties are owned by South Kesteven District Council and the work is being proposed as part of a programme of works to improve council properties.

The group of residents attended a Stamford Town Council meeting earlier this month to raise their concerns.

Anne-Marie Hamill said she was objecting to the development on the grounds that the external insulation would reduce the width of the already narrow access road, which provides access to not just the council-owned properties but the privately owned properties as well. She said while the works were carried out, access would be reduced significantly with scaffolding erected, which would “effectively block the street” and car parking spaces would also be impacted upon.

She also said the row of terraced houses were a “well-known landmark in Stamford” which all “have an attractive uniform Victorian facade”.

She added: “These changes would not be in keeping with the rest of the terrace, nor the surrounding Victorian houses on Torkington Street and Reform Street.”

She argued that the council could use “an equally effective, not to mention cheaper option, of thin internal insulation without ruining the historic facade”.

A spokesman for South Kesteven District Council said: “The application for planning permission to externally insulate dwelling numbers 1 – 5 and 20, Zebra Cottages Stamford is still under consideration and will be determined by the council’s development control committee.

“With regards to notifying residents, as required under the regulations, the council sent out letters to those properties that were considered to be likely to be affected most by the proposal, in this case properties that adjoin the application site.

“For the benefit of others who are not directly notified, as per regulations, a site notice has been displayed.”