Mid-Victorian solid wall house, damaged by cement renders and thick textured plastic coating.

A good quality lime render will allow walls to breathe. Renders made with lime are much less prone to cracking than cement renders.
Lime render also looks more in keeping with period houses. A good quality lime render can last for many decades Choosing the correct material for lime renders, such as the base coat strength, can be complicated business depending on the wall type it may be better to specify a 15-20mm thick 3 coat render, with nylon mesh reinforcement.

Here we remove cement render and textured paint

We then apply a new soft white 15mm thick lime render