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Plans for seven flats in Imperial Road refused

Plans for seven flats in Imperial Road refused

Lucy Elder

Plans to build a block of seven flats in Imperial Road have been refused by Windsor Urban Development Panel.

The application would have seen a three-storey building built at number 65, which is currently home to a bungalow.

It also included parking for 14 cars, a bike store and amended access to the site.

Neighbour Sandra McCann spoke at the meeting, held at the Guildhall in the High Street, Windsor, on Wednesday.

She raised concerns about how close the 'overbearing' building would be to her home of eight years, the impact the development would have on the air quality and the increase in traffic movements.

Speaking in favour of the application, agent Mark Longworth said the site is overwhelming the current owners and the development will provide 'much needed smaller units'.

Cllr Eileen Quick (Cons, Clewer East) said she was concerned about road safety with the extra traffic the flats would create.

"A lot of young children are using this as their route to school," she said.

"The quality of the air in Imperial Road which is measured at both ends of the road is some of the most concerning in the borough."

Cllr Jesse Grey (Con, Datchet) also raised concerned about traffic and Cllr Phillip Bicknell (Con, Park) asked why the developers had not included underground parking.

"The front entrance looks like it may have been super imposed from a witch gate from the middle ages," added Cllr John Penfold (West Windsor Independent Group, Clewer North).

Cllr Simon Meadowcroft (Con, Clewer South) voted against the motion to refuse the application.

"We need to get on and build housing," he said.

"I hear the arguments tonight but I hear even louder arguments when it comes to declassifying green belt and building on flood plain."

All other panel members present voted to refuse the application on grounds of bulk and mass, air quality and urbanisation of a leafy, suburban area.

Two other applications were also refused at the meeting.

One was an application to extend the current property at 26 Penn Road to create two semi-detached dwellings.

The other was plans to create two additional two-bedroomed flats at 96 Dedworth Road, with one of the car parking spaces to be provided at 91A Dedworth Road.

An application to create five new flats in offices at Rafts Court in Brocas Street, Eton, was approved.

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