ETON College is set to build its first boarding house in 50 years after councillors gave the go-ahead.

Subject to conditions, the prestigious educational institution will build a 55-bed student accommodation with a kitchen, library, games room, dining room, and TV room to meet future capacity.

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The plans involve demolishing two-storey cottages known as Briary End and Briary Cottage on Eton Wick Road as well as Cotton Hall’s garage with alterations to a listed wall.

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

Royal Borough Observer: Another CGI of the boarding houseAnother CGI of the boarding house

The three-storey building will be the college’s first boarding house in 50 years. It currently has 25 boarding houses with each building presided by a House Master and assisted by a Dame and two Deputies.

Eton College was established in 1440 and is world-renowned for its high-quality education. Its alumni include Boris Johnson and previous Prime Minister David Cameron.

The new boarding house will also include a House Master room with four beds two deputy rooms with two beds each and the Dame’s room will have two beds as well.

Royal Borough Observer: Inside the student roomsInside the student rooms

The new driveway would serve four parking spaces in the northern courtyard comprising three garage spaces and one forecourt space, for each member of permanent staff. 26 cycle spaces with the use of double-decker cycle racks are also included.

While 30 trees are being removed, the college is to carry out landscape works and increase biodiversity at the site to mitigate this loss.

The site sits within a flood plain, which initially concerned the Environment Agency, but it withdrew its objection as the college pledges to contribute off-site flood compensation.

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Deputy leader Samantha Rayner (Con: Eton & Castle), lead member for Windsor, urged members sitting on the Windsor and Ascot development management panel to approve the scheme, saying the design of the boarding house is “stunning” and will provide an economic benefit to the Royal Borough.

The plans were unanimously approved by councillors on Wednesday, August 3. The plans are subject to the college securing a contribution to plant trees off-site.