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Plan for Metro Bank in Windsor could be refused due to shop front

Plan for Metro Bank in Windsor could be refused due to shop front

Justin Burns

Plan for Metro Bank in Windsor could be refused due to shop front
Metro Bank opened in Slough this month

Plans for a Metro Bank in Windsor, with the existing shop front design, could be refused.

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's planning officers are recommending councillors refuse the latest plan as they say the shop front would be 'visually dominating'.

A decision is due to be made tonight on an application by the bank to install a new shop front and ATM at 116-118 Peascod Street.

Members of the borough's Windsor urban development control panel will meet at the Guildhall to give their verdict.

Officers want it thrown out as they say by virtue of its design it 'would have a harmful impact on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area'.

Metro Bank already has planning permission to change the use of the unit from retail to financial and professional services.

It opened a branch in Slough earlier this month.

Councillors will also decide on a proposal by S G Investments to demolish the Windsor Ex-Services Club in St Leonard's Road in Windsor.

The applicant wants to knock it down and build a new services club and also build a housing development featuring six three-storey townhouses on the site.

A similar plan was refused in August as councillors said it was 'over development' and the scheme appeared 'cramped'.

COMMENT: Do you think the Metro Bank shop front will be visually dominating in Windsor town centre? Will it look out of place or is it what the town centre needs? Tell us in the box below.

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