The battle for demolition of Edwardian home continues

The battle for demolition of Edwardian home continues

Francis Batt

The battle for demolition of Edwardian home continues


Essex Lodge is pictured above and underneath it is an artist's impression of what the new site could look like.



The fight to save one of two 'twin' Edwardian homes in Windsor from demolition has taken a new turn.

Campaigners were jubilant in December last year when the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's councillors threw out a plan by Berkeley Homes to flatten the Edwardian Essex Lodge, on the corner of Osborne Road and Bolton Avenue, putting a four storey apartment block in its place.

Cabinet member Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) described the design of the proposed new block as looking like the inside of a cardboard box, while colleagues felt it was too domineering and tall.

Councillors asked the developers to submit a new plan.

But now the developers have decided to stick with their existing plan, appealing against the councillors' decision. A public inquiry chaired by a government inspector will take place at the Windsor Guildhall on June 19.

Essex Lodge is not in the conservation area unlike its twin Kings House on the opposite corner, which is of the same era and similar design representing the Edwardian phase of the Windsor development. Kings House is not included in the plans.

But past chairman of the Boltons Residents Association, Olive Eccles said of Essex Lodge: "It is of heritage significance and its loss would damage the character of the area.

"The design of the proposed flats is totally inappropriate and  has nothing to link it to the area. The building materials are totally unsuitable and a five storey building would overlook nearby houses."

It is also feared by residents that it would cause parking problems and threaten trees.

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