Developer wins call to build 50-bed hotel in St Leonards Road, Windsor
The project to demolish an old gas station and turn it into a 50-bed hotel will continue – despite the previous refusal of the board.
The gas station’s landowner, Dr Caroleta Marsden-Huggins, was granted permission to demolish the existing buildings on St Leonards Road in Windsor after the plans were appealed.
The site is currently in use as a garage and second car dealership, but after winning the call it is slated to become a new four-story hotel.
Royal Borough advisers turned down the project in 2019, saying the plans represented a “cramped and overdeveloped” site, making it “detrimental” to the character of the street scene.
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They also said the removal of existing trees would “harm” the character and appearance of the area.
But the PD Sedgwick Planning Inspectorate took a different view from that of the councilors and decided to allow the applicant’s appeal and granted a full building permit.
While recognizing that the roof height would exceed that of its neighbors, the inspection concluded that the hotel would not be a cramped and overdeveloped site as the sides of the building would be located from the boundary of the plot.
The inspection found that careful excavation during construction would not damage prominent trees near the site.
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Nearly 50 parking spaces will be underground, including four disabled parking spaces and at least four bicycle parking spaces.
Over the years, plans have been subject to change due to the decline of residents as well as the council.
In 2017, the program started with 61 beds – but was turned down by the board for the same reasons outlined in the 2019 plans.