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Decision made on the future of derelict pubs

Decision made on the future of derelict pubs

Francis Batt

Decision made on the future of derelict pubs

The future of two derelict Windsor pubs has been agreed by Royal Borough planning councillors.

At a meeting on Wednesday they agreed to overlook their own flood policy to allow the demolition of the old Mitre pub in Oxford Road and its replacement by two semi-detached homes.

Officers had had recommended refusal on potential flooding grounds but Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) said common sense should prevail, adding the proposed homes would enhance the area currently dominated by the derelict pub.

At the same meeting councillors also agreed to the demolition of the empty Fawn pub in St Leonards Road and its replacement by four terraced homes.

The plans had been put forward by Cllr Tom Bursnall (UKIP, Clewer East).

The Windsor urban development control panel met at the Guildhall.

Cllr Bursnall said: "We are very pleased that both planning officers and councillors have approved the plan to replace the failing Fawn pub with houses. 

"From the outset we worked with residents to understand what their preferences were for the site and therefore went with a residential scheme.

"I look forward to bringing these houses to market, ensuring there is minimal disruption to local neighbours and traffic."

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