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Heritage And Environment – Introduction

The Heritage and Environment Committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month to consider:

  • Planning applications made in the preceding month
  • Preservation and heritage issues affecting Windsor and Eton
  • The Neighbourhood Plan
  • Other matters connected with, or ancillary to, the Heritage Agenda

Members of the public are welcome to contact us on any of the above issues. Also, developers have found it useful to contact us before submitting a planning application, to gather comments on their proposals.  We would encourage this.


HEC Report for 18th March 2021

The H&E committee have written 22 letters in response to planning applications since the last Executive Committee meeting. The list at the end of this report has been updated since the February Newsletter. The Committee have written on a range of applications for reason of design, mass, height, overdevelopment, being out of keeping with the design of the road or area among others.

We welcomed a new member of the HEC since the last Exec meeting, Mr Richard Parsons. He is an architect and has been able to bring this background into our discussions.

Quarterly Meeting with RBWM Officers.
Due to Covid-19 there have not been any of these meetings since December 2019 although the HEC have now made the first contact suggesting that these could be  reinstated using a Zoom meetings. We have yet to have a reply.

The Windsor Neighbourhood Plan
The WNP has been discussed by councillors and on 2nd February 2021 received the Decision Statement and the final document has now been finalised and is on the RBWM Website and the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan website (, ready for the Referendum on 6th May. The Windsor Neighbourhood team will register as a campaign group and there will be more information on the website. I would ask that the WES inform the members about the referendum as soon as more information becomes available.

Windsor Guildhall
The condition of the Grade 1 Listed building is still of great concern. Another email is being drafted this week to send to Cllr Johnson requesting a meeting at the Guildhall or by Zoom.

Windsor Public Spaces Transformation 

This programme is now in it’s first stage i.e. investigative stage to see what is below the surface. An email was sent to Sarah Harper the RBWM Conservation Officer as it was noted that Berkshire Archaeology were involved in the position of keeping a Watching Brief on the test excavations of Castle Hill. We also pointed out that as the cobble setts were listed by Heritage England as part of listings on some of the houses in Church Street, a listed building permission should be required. The reply was that the cobbles themselves were not listed in particular but we will continue the keep an eye on the work.

Heritage And Environment Committee

  • Chris Aitken
  • Jane Carter
  • David Eglise
  • Susie Garnier
  • Theresa Haggart (Chair of H&E Committee)
  • Margaret Lenton
  • Alison Logan
  • Andrew Melville
  • Richard Parsons
  • Jane Simpson
  • Anne Taylor