01:18PM, Thursday 17 September 2015
Three houses built on the former site of the Bricklayers Arms in Windsor have been given retrospective planning approval by councillors on Wednesday despite violating initial planning agreements.
The development on the Hatch Lane site had been opposed by some nearby residents because the applicant Windsorian Developments Ltd, owned by former councillor Tom Bursnall, built the houses 1.2m higher than original plans stated.
Dr Moshe Hanlon, who lives in Hatch Lane, told the Royal Borough’s Windsor urban development control panel on Wednesday that Mr Bursnall had ‘deceived and manipulated’ the planning process.
He said: “The developer has been shown to consistently perpetrate a deception with respect to the intended construction by submitting plans that did not correspond to the true height, width and orientation of the intended build.”
But Nicki Broderick, representing applicant Tom Bursnall, told the panel that the development was backed by the majority of nearby residents.
She said: “The main objector only moved in next door once the pub had been demolished and never experienced the misery the pub caused to local residents.”
A packed public gallery erupted in applause following her defence of the development.
Members of the panel had carried out a site visit prior to the meeting to gauge the impact of the increased height on nearby residents.
And Cllr John Bowden (Con, Clewer East) told the panel that he didn’t think the development had any ‘particular impairment on light’ for nearby residents.
The panel voted in favour of granting retrospective planning approval, with only Cllr Malcolm Alexander (Con, Eton & Castle) voting against.
He said: “If you cannot build something to the original drawings that you have submitted to the planning officers then it’s good practice to come back and talk to the planners.”
Mr Bursnall told the Express he was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support he had received from residents.
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