Stansted authorities ordered to remove windows

Hotel News - 11/09/2007

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The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings has called Stansted Airport on a wrongdoing that involves the installation of double-glazed plastic windows in a historically listed building it owns near the airport.

The Uttlesford District Council was notified of the installation of the windows, which due to the nature of the building is illegal without first obtaining a permit. Spokesman for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Douglas Kent says, 'It looks horrendous. This is sheer vandalism and shows a blatant disregard for the law.'

BAA, who owns the Stansted Airport had this to say in reply to the accusations: 'We take our responsibility for the management and upkeep of properties owned by BAA very seriously, and it was with regret that we learnt of the error made regarding the installation of new windows at Woodgates End.'

'As soon as this matter was brought to our attention we took immediate action to rectify the situation and are now ensuring that the relevant planning application is submitted to Uttlesford District Council by the contractors as soon as possible.'

No matter what the ruling is, the windows to be installed will have to conform to the needs of the historical structure, which is built with Grade II listed timber, and was built in the 17th century.

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