Castle Hotel, Windsor, could see the outdoor seating area removed

A GRADE II listed hotel may need to dismantle its outdoor seating area if councilors refuse planning permission.

Members serving on Windsor and Ascot’s Development Management Committee must consider three nominations, all called by Windsor’s lead member, Councilor Samantha Rayner (Con: Eton & Castle).

An advisor can “call” a request for the planning committee to decide if they disagree with an officer’s decision and require debate by panel members.

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The Grade II listed Castle Hotel in Windsor High Street is retrospectively planning to add a new outdoor seating area with entrance doors, terrace, steps and handrail.

What is a retroactive building permit? His permission sought after a housing estate was built. In the case of the hotel, the structures were erected along the building and partly in the arch of the causeway in April.

According to the officer’s report, this was in response to the “opening up” of the hospitality industry to provide outdoor seating for hotel guests and members of the public using the hotel.

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Planning officials say the works have a ‘negative’ impact on the setting of the listed building in terms of character and appearance, and that the location, height, design and materials give the appearance of the arch of the roadway a “cluttered and incongruous” appearance.

Cllr Rayner called this in the event of refusal for reasons of economic regeneration of Windsor, Covid and tourism.

Councilors on the planning committee will decide the fate of the application on Wednesday, January 5.

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