A decision on the replacement of ‘historic’ windows at a retirement home in Southcote was deferred as the council seeks to ensure they retain historic value of the property.

The application at Grade II-listed Southcote Lodge, which was formerly the home of mathematician John Blagrave, was supported by councillor John Ennis, Southcote ward councillor and lead member for Housing.

Resident Barbara Chounds said herself and other residents believe that heritage-style UVC replacement windows would enhance the building and make it more energy efficient.

She said: “Our sink fund does not have sufficient funds to cover this, meaning an extra cost to residents of about £2000.

"Many residents just do not have this money and it has caused them a great deal of stress which has impacted on their health.”

The windows are believed to have been been replaced in 1989 and therefore not the originals.

Councillor Ennis said: “Elderly residents as old as 94 have looked after the building.

“The windows need replacing. They cannot be renovated. It is too expensive.

“We believe it would not compromise the heritage. Some of the report is quite inaccurate.

“These are elderly residents who care about the heritage status. I appeal to the committee to keep it affordable.”

Councillor Jason Brock proposed a deferral to investigate the residents’ suggestions that heritage-style windows could be used.

Officers agreed to find samples to present to committee members.

Councillor Tony Page, lead member for Planning, said: “I think they are loathsome. I do not think they offer much to listed buildings.

"I think we should make it clear that there is a hurdle to pass in this exercise."