Tory donor told to tear down historic 5-star hotel that hosted Brexit deal signing

Rishi Sunak at Fairmont Windsor Park Hotel

A five-star hotel which hosted the Brexit deal signing is set to be teared down after a billionaire Conservative donor was instructed to by officials

Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler

Published: 29/08/2023

- 10:30

Updated: 29/08/2023

- 11:01

The hotel was paid £16,325 to host the signing of the Windsor Framework for Northern Ireland

A billionaire Conservative donor has been instructed to tear down the five-star hotel that hosted the Brexit deal signing after reportedly building an extra wing without permission.

Surinder Arora has been ordered to demolish all or part of his Fairmont Windsor Park Hotel after building an extra wing with eaves without planning permission.

Runnymede Borough Council reportedly told Arora the development had a "harmful effect on the green belt".

The founder and chairman of Arora Group has until October to appeal against the enforcement notice from the Council.

Fairmont Windsor Park Hotel

Runnymede Borough Council reportedly said the development had a 'harmful effect on the green belt'


Planning permission for five luxury treehouses built on a nearby site was also denied, and could too be ripped down.

In February, the hotel was paid £16,325 to host the signing of the Windsor Framework for Northern Ireland.

The venue was also used the same week for an away day for Conservative MPs paid for by the party.

Prices at the hotel - which opened last year - start at £400 a night.


The council said it was "disappointed" that "works were undertaken on the site without planning permission".

Arora Management Services Ltd has previously donated £5,000 to the Conservatives in Runnymede and Weybridge, and another £1,450 in sponsorship.

It comes after some residents in the area made representations over the property and the Englefield Green Village Residents’ Association commissioned an independent planning consultant to inspect the hotel.

The report found that there were "a number of large additions to the hotel" that did not have planning permission.

One objection stated that the hotel’s approach had shown a "habitual approach of ignoring the rules by which regular citizens live by".

In February the hotel was paid £16,325 to host the signing of the Windsor Framework for Northern Ireland


Another added: "It seems very wrong to me that a large commercial entity that has been developing its property portfolio for years in this area and is well aware of the need for planning consent, decides to ignore [the process] and when challenged proceed by applying for retrospective consent."

In a statement, Arora said: "We are truly sorry for the mistakes made during the construction of the Fairmont Windsor Park. It was a highly challenging construction site being developed in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We are now constructively engaging with Runnymede council and other local stakeholders to find mutually acceptable solutions to the planning concerns which have been raised.

"The hotel is a fantastic property. We want to ensure it continues serving the local area and bringing significant economic benefits to Runnymede. We remain extremely proud of it but also accept the need to remedy our mistakes."

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