Roof Alterations

Roof profiles are fundamental to the architectural character of any building or group of buildings and as such contribute to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area. The Society seeks to protect historic roofscapes within the Conservation Area.

 

We object to oversized or inappropriately detailed dormers which are visible from the street and are not sympathetic to the existing building's architectural character and proportions, or to the Conservation Area. We also object to solar panels and rooflights which are visible from the street (including those called ‘Conservation rooflights’).

 

Roof clutter such as guard rails, antennae and satellite dishes can harm the character of the area affecting both short and long distance views. Westminster provides clear guidance on how these should be sited.

 

USEFUL LINKS/ READING

 

WCC Guidelines - Roof Extensions

Examples:

Bad and Good Dormers
Bad and Good Dormers

The right hand dormers are oversized. They are not traditional in proportion and dominate the building, The left had dormers are still a good size but sit more comfortably in the roof.

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Oversized dormer
Oversized dormer

Whilst we appreciate that a dormer window can turn roof into usable floorsapce, it is important not to dominate the house below

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Traditional roofline
Traditional roofline

The traditional roofline of this terrace would be destroyed if one building had a dormer constructed

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Bad and Good Dormers
Bad and Good Dormers

The right hand dormers are oversized. They are not traditional in proportion and dominate the building, The left had dormers are still a good size but sit more comfortably in the roof.

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Our unique roofscapes must be respected