Redevelopment of historic Essex Lodge refused again

Redevelopment of historic Essex Lodge refused again

Justin Burns

Redevelopment of historic Essex Lodge refused again
Essex Lodge

Concerns over bulk and mass were given as the reasons for the refusal of plans to redevelop a historic Edwardian house in Windsor.

The urban development control panel threw out a proposal at Essex Lodge in Windsor for the second time at the Guildhall last night.

Berkeley Homes wanted to build a block of 14 apartments by flattening the historic building on the corner of Osborne Road and Bolton Avenue.

The Royal Borough refused the developer's first bid in December 2011, which was then upheld by the government's Planning Inspectorate last year.

Residents living nearby have fought to save the historic building they say is a key part of the historic character of the town.

Speaking against the plans, Marie Wilson said the issue for householders was still the 'mass and bulk' of the redevelopment and that it was too close to the road.

She said: "We understand something will be built, but we would like it to be in keeping with the area and we feel Windsor deserves better."

Borough councillors went against council officers who had recommended planning permission should be granted.

In refusing the plans, Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) said: "The building is still too bulky and massive for that site and that is what everyone is complaining about."

Cllr Natasha Airey (Con, Park), who called it in for discussion but is not a panel member, said something lower in height is needed to fit in with the 'beautiful' part of the town.

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