ETON College is to have its plans to build a new boarding house decided by councillors this week.

The prestigious institution, where Prime Ministers, such as Boris Johnson, went to get an education, wants to build a 55-bed boarding accommodation to allow the college to increase its student capacity.

No new boarding houses have been built in 50 years. Eton College currently has 25 boarding houses with each building presided by a House Master and assisted by a Dame.

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The plans involve demolishing two two-storey cottages known as Briary End and Briary Cottage on Eton Wick Road as well as Cotton Hall’s garage for a new student accommodation building that is up to three-storeys in height. This also involves the removal of 30 trees.

The ‘attractive’ cottage The Briary is to be retained and integrated into the development.

Once built, the boarding house will have a kitchen, dining room, games room, TV room, cycle store, bin store, library, and plant room. The House Master room will have four beds whereas the deputy will have two beds and will be incorporated within The Briary.

Associated off-site works, including a flood compensation scheme and biodiversity enhancement, are proposed.

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The Environment Agency (EA) lodged an objection to the plans over flooding concerns as it sits within a very high chance of flooding. The EA has urged the College to add mitigations in place.

Planning officers have recommended councillors sitting on the Windsor and Ascot development management panel to approve the scheme subject to the removal of the EA objection and Eton College funding replacement tree planting.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 3.