11:09AM, Thursday 28 March 2013
Reluctant councillors have given a fellow councillor permission to demolish an early 19th century pub to the disappointment of campaigning residents.
Cllr Tom Bursnall (UKIP, Castle Without) was given the go-ahead to flatten the Bricklayers Arms pub in Hatch Lane and build three terraced houses.
Members of the Royal Borough's Windsor urban development control panel meeting made the decision at the Windsor Guildhall last night.
A boisterous gallery of 100 people packed into the High Street venue to register objections to the plans - many of who were among the 540 people who had signed petitions against it.
Objector James Smith said it was a 'loss of a community facility' and demolishing it will 'deprive' the area of a community pub.
Mr Smith said he put an offer in to buy it off Enterprise Inns, which was refused.
Officers had recommended approval and said there were two other community pubs within 15 minutes walking distance.
Councillors said they could find no planning reason why they could refuse the plans and feared it would be flattened regardless of their decision.
Cllr Simon Meadowcroft (Con, Clewer South) said it was the 'wrong decision' to let it be demolished, but their 'hands were tied' due to planning laws.
He added: "I do not think the pub will remain, whatever we decide tonight."
Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) said he not could see any planning way to retain the pub which he would 'dearly love' to do.
And Cllr Eileen Quick (Con, Clewer East) said it was with a 'heavy heart' that the historic pub would be confined to history.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Bursnall, said: "I will now proceed with development and work with the residents closely to ensure the building works cause them as little disturbance as humanly possible."
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