12:51PM, Wednesday 13 November 2013
Royal Borough planning councillors threw out an application by Berkeley Homes to flatten Essex Lodge and put a block of 14 apartments on the site when they met in September - the second time they had blocked plans to demolish the Edwardian house on the corner of Osborne Road and Bolton Avenue.
Supporters of the building see it as playing a key role in the traditional feel of the area.
But now Berkeley Homes have lodged an appeal against the council's decision, which means a government inspector will have the final say after a hearing which is set to take place on January 21.
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