We noticed this week that scaffolding has been erected at Arlington House by the freeholders Freshwater.
We enquired at TDC what was going on and got the following reply.
The scaffolding is to enable test cleaning to be carried out on the building and the subsequent application of stain to try to return the panel finish as close to the original finish as possible. It would not require a planning application for that work.
The owners also intend to use the scaffold to replace windows to one flat to those proposed for the whole building as part of a planning application for the refurbishment of the building and redevelopment of the car park and shopping precinct. They will not change the windows until after they have submitted the application. The application design and access statement will include confirmation that this will be a sample installation to show what is intended and enable assessment of its suitability. It will also confirm that should permission not be granted, the original windows will be reinstalled. This will give everybody the ability to make an informed assessment of their refurbishment proposals.
Online discussions reportedly from Freshwater tenants across the country here. They are one of the biggest property companies in the UK.