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Council refuses 'Coronation Street' housing plans in Dedworth

Tara O'Connor

Tara O'Connor

Permission to build a ‘modern Coronation Street’ in Dedworth was refused by councillors on Wednesday.

Members of the Windsor Urban Development Panel said they liked the idea of transforming an industrial site into housing but unanimously refused an application for 93 new homes by Medina Property.

The company is associated with Medina Dairy which is situated on the three acre site in Shirley Avenue, off Vale Road.

Ward councillor for the area Cllr Hashim Bhatti (Con, Clewer North) spoke in favour of the development.

He said the application was a good opportunity to regenerate the area and address the ‘growing need for housing in Windsor’.

Cllr Phillip Bicknell (Con, Park) said he was ‘not enthralled’ with the design of the proposal but did agree it is a good site for housing.

Speaking at the meeting, he said: “It is going to look a bit samey and I think we could end up with something that looks like a modern Coronation Street.”

The site is also home to Howdens Joinery and Windsor Vehicle Leasing (WVL).

Philip Smith, managing director of WVL, which has been in Shirley Avenue for 20 years, appealed to the panel at Windsor Guildhall to refuse the application.

He said: “We very much feel we are part of the community. We recognise you need to provide homes, however it is not sufficient to provide somewhere to live but no place to work.”

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Smith said that despite the application being refused WVL is still looking for alternative premises.

He added: “Because of the fact the councillors warmed to the thought of properties on the site, it has not changed our plans at this moment in time.”

The Express contacted Medina Property but it was unavailable for comment.

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