Hair salon in Wisbech set to have application refused for replacement windows and guards to protect against anti-social behaviour

The Retreat hairdressing salon in Wisbech has boarded up its windows after the third vandalism attac

The Retreat hairdressing salon in Wisbech has boarded up its windows after the third vandalism attack in a month. - Credit: Archant

There could be a draught at a hairdresser’s in Wisbech - as council bosses are set to refuse an application to keep seven first floor windows, replace two and install railings to protect against anti-social behaviour.

Windows at The Retreat salon. Photo: Marie Faulkner / Facebook

Windows at The Retreat salon. Photo: Marie Faulkner / Facebook - Credit: Archant

It comes as Fenland District Council say that The Retreat, in Exchange Square, forms part of Wisbech Conservation Area and that the replacement windows could “represent an erosion of the building’s character”.

Earlier this year owner Paul Faulkner spoke to the Wisbech Standard about his dismay at possibly having to fork out £12,000 to replace plastic sash windows fitted by a firm that failed to get conservation area planning permission.

A discussion is set to be held at a planning committee meeting next week, with a recommendation for refusal.

Council documents state: “It is acknowledged that the windows are of a similar style to the original timber windows. However they do not exactly replicate the original historic windows.

Owners of The Retreat salon in Wisbech could face a bill of £12,000 to replace plastic windows fitt

Owners of The Retreat salon in Wisbech could face a bill of £12,000 to replace plastic windows fitted by a firm that failed to get conservation area planning permission. Photo: Harry Rutter - Credit: Archant


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“Whilst there is some sympathy for the applicants with regard to the situation they find themselves in there is no flexibility when assessing the scheme as presented.

“The replacement windows represent an erosion of the building’s character through the manner the window design has translated to a UPVC window.

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“The introduction of an inferior quality material it is clearly contrary to local and national planning policy and has a significantly detrimental impact on both the Building of Local Interest and the wider Wisbech Conservation Area.”

However, Wisbech Town Council and local police support the application, after Mr and Mrs Faulkner paid £1,800 on CCTV after suffering broken windows and vandalism.

A statement from crime officers, adds: “I consider that their design is not only in keeping with the buildings appearance but will also hugely improve the current security of the whole premises.”

Residents have also showed their support for the salon, saying that they would “hate to see ground floor windows continually boarded up” and “if they are protecting against noise and the behaviour outside surely they are improving living conditions”.

The agent, Peter Humphrey Associates, acting on behalf of Mr and Mrs Faulkner, noted that the windows were installed to “offer a noise and physical barrier to any anti-social behaviour to the residential flat”.

The report continues: “They further contend that the windows have enhanced the conservation area; updating and tidying the external appearance of the locally listed building.

“It is also highlighted that the business will face hardship should they have to replace the uPVC windows with timber replacements.”

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