'Allowing development on land is unthinkable'
Published 7 May 2012 16:00 0 Comments
THE council has stepped in to help prevent controversial constructions plans on land protected by the National Trust.
Developers Thames Valley Holdings, which owns 22.6 acre field north of Ockwells Manor, in Cox Green, wants to build up to 300 houses but is caught in a legal battle with the trust, which owns restrictive covenants on the land.
A petition, containing almost 700 signatures, pleeing with the council to support the National Trust was presented to the Royal Borough's cabinet, at Windsor Guildhall, in High Street, on Thursday of last week. 
Cllr Christine Bateson, cabinet member for planning and partnerships, said: "Ockwells Manor is a significant medieval building and to allow housing development on this adjacent land is unthinkable.
"It would completely destroy the historic character of the building and the surrounding area."
The cabinet agreed to adopt the land as greenbelt in the upcoming Borough Local Plan, which should make it more difficult for the developers to win their legal battle.