03:22PM, Thursday 28 April 2016
A derelict pub is on track to become a block of flats after councillors agreed the need for housing overrides a need for a public amenity.
Last night (Wednesday) councillors granted permission for The Queen pub, in Dedworth Road, to be demolished and for six one-bedroom flats be built in its place.
The application was submitted to the Royal Borough by SLJ Property Development Ltd.
The application came to panel on March 2 when it was deferred by two cycles to get clarification from the agent over marketing of the property.
Speaking at the meeting at Windsor Guildhall, ward councillor John Collins (Con, Clewer North) said: “The overwhelming demand in the borough is for houses. It [the pub] attracts undesirable people and the police are called there regularly.
“If we could get the houses sorted out it would improve a public eyesore.”
The panel overturned the recommendation for the application to be refused on the basis that the need for housing is greater than a need for public amenity.
It voted unanimously to approve the application.
Also approved at the meeting was a bench which was branded ‘cruel’ by a homeless charity.
The application, submitted by Eton Town Council, is for a bench ‘unsuitable for sleeping on’ in Brocas Street.
It was criticised by John Power from homeless charity London and Slough Run who called it ‘cruel and barbaric’.
At the meeting, Cllr Malcolm Alexander (Con, Eton and Castle) said: “It is for people to sit on and enjoy the sunshine. We would like to get it in this year to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.”
Councillors on the panel voted unanimously in favour of the bench being installed.
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