09:01AM, Tuesday 21 February 2012
Disappointed neighbours have lost their fight to save a treasured green area outside their windows.
A government inspector has given the go-ahead for 14 new homes to be built on a site bordered by West Crescent and Hanover Way off Dedworth Road in Windsor. They will come complete with access road and parking spaces which will cover an area of green outside neighbouring homes.
The homes will be built by Windsor's social housing landlords Radian, to the distress of their own tenants who live nearby.
Paula Calender was one of 20 residents who signed a letter asking that the green area be spared. She loves to watch the birds, foxes and parakeets on this land.
She said: "I am just hoping that there is some legal action we can take. It is heartbreaking to have our garden area built over."
The residents successfully persuaded planning councillors on the Royal Borough to turn down Radian's application to build the homes at a meeting last July. But six months later a government inspector has reversed that decision after Radian appealed.
Royal Borough councillor Cllr Cynthia Endacott (Independent: Clewer North) said this week she feared there was little residents could do, now that councillors' decision had been overturned.
But she was critical of Radian, saying: "Their residents will be cooped up now, losing a large area of green space and having their whole outlook affected."
She has already publicly accused Radian of letting the area around Hanover Way become 'run down and tacky'.
This week she said: "I am very disappointed by the inspector's decision."
But Caroline Warriner, marketing co-ordinator for Radian, said that residents' concerns were being taken into account.
She said: "We are responding to their concerns about green spaces by re-landscaping the nearby communal gardens and will replace or replant fruit trees disturbed during the building phase.
"Additionally we are responding to resident comments about the appearance of the areas around the existing properties by providing replacement sheds which are visually, as well as practically, better than those that exist there at present."
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