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New club plan for ex-servicemen suffers setback

New club plan for ex-servicemen suffers setback

Francis Batt

New club plan for ex-servicemen suffers setback

Disappointed ex-servicemen must wait to find out whether their dreams of a new club are ever going to come true.

Last week a plan to put eight three-storey town houses on the site of the old ex-services club in St Leonard's Road, Windsor, was refused by Royal Borough planning councillors. They felt it was trying to cram too many homes onto the site.

But the refusal also hit plans by applicant SG Investments to built a new club for ex-servicemen as part of the development. The 40 or so regulars who used the old club until it closed in June are currently meeting at Alma Road Social Club.

Their chairman, George Kermack (left), said: "We don't really know what's happening now. It has not sunk in yet.

"There is a lot of disappointment but these things happen. We are still optimistic that we will get a new club."

A spokesman for SG Investments said this week that a decision had not been made yet about whether or not to appeal against the Royal Borough's refusal, in which case the final decision would rest with an independent government inspector.

An appeal could take some months though. Alternatively a new plan for a smaller scale development could be put in.

The existing building was put up in 1918 but has become increasingly delapidated, while its sprawling interior makes it an awkward shape for modern use.

The rejected plan envisaged its demolition and replacement with new homes and a compact modern ex-services club, utilising land at the back of the current building.

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