Published Monday 6 March 2017

Statement on Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort planning fees.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort have agreed a financial settlement of £170,000 following the planning appeal that was held on 6-9 October 2015 regarding the Haunted House attraction planning application.

Cllr Simon Dudley, Leader of the Council, said: “Officers have worked hard to come to a suitable conclusion to pay legal costs following their planning appeal. I am pleased that we have reached this agreement and look forward to continuing to work together with LEGOLAND.

“In hindsight this is clearly an unacceptable outcome for our council taxpayers. On becoming Leader I ensured there were new processes within the council to minimise the chances of a repeat occurrence.

“LEGOLAND is an important partner of the Royal Borough and a generator of wealth for our local economy and we are proud that their highly successful business is based here.”

Ingrid Fernandes, Strategic Development Director at the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, said: “We are pleased that this matter has been successfully resolved. As we continue to progress the Resort’s future plans which will benefit the local community and Windsor Tourism, we hope to work closely with the Royal Borough Planning Department to avoid this situation happening again.”

Information setting out the investigation the council carried out into its handling of the planning application and appeal, and the actions it has put in place for the future, can be found on the council’s website.