The Environment Agency has objected to plans for houseboats built on steel piles in the river at Windsor,

As previously reported by RIver Thames News the scheme is for 13 identical houseboats moored at Willows Riverside Park, a residential mobile home park downstream from Windsor Marina.

Now the EA has told Windsor and Maidenhead planners "we view the proposed development as ‘highly vulnerable’ development as these are permanent, non-powered, non-navigable ‘floating’ fixed structures."

The agency also point out the flood risk and need for proper evacuation procedures. It adds "we believe that the 13 permanent structures pose an unacceptable encroachment into the public open space of the non-tidal River Thames in terms of scale and bulk."

Upstream at Taplow planners have given the go-ahead for the development of a major riverside site near Maidenhead Bridge part of which was formerly occupied by the well-known Skindles Hotel.

As previously reported Developer Berkeley Homes' scheme includes 121 new homes plus 60 retirement apartments.

The hotel will be demolished and a restaurant built in its place (above). The plans include a footbridge to connect the Buckinghamshire bank with Ray Mill Island near Boulters Lock and a Thames-side walkway.

South Bucks Council planners have finally approved the development at the site which has lain derelict for many years.

Meanwhile permission is being sought for the demolition of an office block on the river near Windsor Bridge.

Mercer House close to Windsor Castle would be replaced by 28 new homes - four four-bed houses, 11 two-bed flats, seven three-bed flats and six two-bed duplex flats.

Story dated October 12th 2015