THE owners of an 18th-century building in a historic town have been ordered to remove a glass panel they say protects the front door.
The planning bosses ordered the owners to remove the screen, which they say detracts from the traditional look of the Grade II listed building.
The owners said they placed screens on the door to protect it from passing cars and spraying muddy water on it.
The red brick building on Wharton Street is in the heart of Bungay, a historic market town in Suffolk.
East Suffolk Council (ESC) sent Peter and Rachel Morrow, who owns the property, a notice of enforcement in November 2022. Since then, the couple has filed an appeal.
“The doors add to the appearance and historical significance of a building and so repair of existing doors is always preferred over modern replacement,” the announcement said.
It said the Bungay Sanctuary was “negatively affected by this alien addition”.
Bungay Town Council also supported the enforcement notice because the replacement door “did not fit” the listed building and conservation area.
The owners, who refused to discuss the matter with Dong Phuong Dailyclaimed in the appeal that it installed the door guard in a “sympathetic” manner.
East Suffolk Council is considering the appeal.
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