09:30AM, Thursday 12 March 2015
An application to build 28 new homes on the edge of the River Thames in Windsor has been put to the Royal Borough.
The plans are for four four-bedroomed houses, 11 two-bedroomed apartments, seven three-bedroomed apartments and six two-bedroomed duplex apartments with basement parking.
The site is at the Mercer Human Resource Consulting Mercer House in Thames Side, which would be demolished to make way for the new properties if the plans are approved.
A letter from Richard Peats, inspector of historic buildings and areas at English Heritage, states the application should be refused.
"While we have no objections to the redevelopment of this site its sensitivity means a rather better design than that currently proposed is needed," he said.
"This application does not meet the high standard needed for such a sensitive site and therefore should be refused unless the riverside elevation is significantly improved."
The Windsor and Eton Society has also commented on the application.
A letter from the society's chairman, Anne Taylor, stated that they welcome the opportunity to replace existing structures with those of a more appropriate and contemporary design, but do not believe the current proposal is suitable.
Cllr George Fussey (Lib Dem, Eton and Castle), has requested the application is brought to a Royal Borough development control panel meeting.
A decision on the plans is due by May 6.