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Could St Leonards Road be transformed into an 'independent village'?

Could St Leonards Road be transformed into an 'independent village'?

David Lee

Could St Leonards Road be transformed into an 'independent village'?

A street in Windsor could be turned into an 'independent village' following a survey asking businesses and residents for their opinions on future planning priorities in Windsor town centre.

St Leonards Road has been suggested for development as part of the Windsor2030 steering group's vision for Windsor's future.

It was one of the ideas to come from the Windsor2030 survey which gave residents the chance to have their say on what should be included in their proposed Neighbourhood Plan for Businesses in Windsor.

Phil McMichael, chairman of the Windsor District Chamber of Commerce, said: “What's come out of the survey is we need to focus on developing the town in terms of planning in respect to the St Leonards area being given more attention and focus to create an independent village.

“Lower Peascod Street through to St Leonards Road has the potential to become a real nice, trendy, fashionable independent quarter.

“If we put the planning policies in place, it will be moving in that direction.”

Phil added that it was important to protect Windsor's central business quarter in order for the area to flourish.

He was speaking this week at the handover of a prize which was on offer to all the people who took part in the survey.

Fiona Baderman, co-owner of Prontaprint in St Leonards Road, was the lucky winner of the prize draw.

She said: “I think what Phil said was really good because we do feel a bit cut off at this end. 

“It would be good if we could get a bit more priority.”

She is now enjoying the sweet sound of success after she won a pair of headphones, courtesy of Bang and Olufsen manager Phil.

At the prize presentation, Windsor and Eton town manager Paul Roach said: “It's been a great response and we thank Bang and Olufsen for providing the prize.”

The Windsor2030 survey also showed that residents ranked the preservation of the town's heritage as a key priority in any future town planning decisions.

Paul, who is also the secretary of the Windsor2030 steering group, said the survey had been a great opportunity to give businesses a say on the future planning priorities for Windsor town centre.

“Businesses don't only have a chance to have a say what goes in the plan, they also get a chance to vote on the plan,” he added.

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