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Edwardian house's fate in the balance

Edwardian house's fate in the balance

Francis Batt

Edwardian house's fate in the balance

Admirers of an attractive Edwardian house in the heart of Windsor now face a wait to learn if it has been saved or not.

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

The developers appealed against the council's refusal and a public inquiry was held on Tuesday at the Guildhall, in front of a Government inspector.

About 25 residents turned up to show their support for the house.

Ward councillor Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) - a member of the Royal Borough's ruling cabinet - repeated the authority's stand that the proposed new block was out of keeping, being on the edge of the conservation area.

The inspector's decision will be known in a month.

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