Campaigners say street scenes are being ruined

Campaigners say street scenes are being ruined

Justin Burns

Campaigners say street scenes are being ruined
17 Gloucester Place

Heritage campaigners say the continued 'nibbling' away of historic buildings is destroying Windsor's character and important street scenes.

Their latest plea for buildings to be preserved comes after plans were submitted to bulldoze a detached property in the conservation area, which lies close to the Long Walk.

The owners of 17 Gloucester Place want to replace the 1950s-built house with two traditional-style contemporary semi-detached villas.

Many properties in the cul-de-sac date back to late Victorian or early Edwardian times and campaigners say it is one of the most historic streets in Windsor.

They say the proposal is out-of-keeping for the area, ruins the character of Gloucester Place and is far too big.

Andrew Melville, chairman of the heritage and environment committee of the Windsor and Eton Society, who lives in the street, said residents are unanimously against it.

He said: "People are not happy and we do not like it as this is a road full of listed buildings. It does not fit in and is too big."

Campaigners cite the turquoise Royal Windsor Quay on the Thames and planned demolition of 1897-built Essex Lodge in Osborne Road as examples.

Roger Cullingham, of York Avenue, who runs the Royal Windsor Forum website, said he and many residents wonder where it will end.

The 65-year-old said: "It is very sad to see and when you keep nipping out one or two (buildings) here and there - the character changes."

Royal Borough planners have received letters both in support and objecting to the plans.

Designer John Corrigan, of CSK Architects in Eton, said the development would enhance 19th century built Gloucester Place.

He said: "It is more in-keeping than the building being removed, which is more in common on a housing estate and adds little character."

The council will make a decision on the application by December 3.

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