A beautiful mock Tudor house seen as a major landmark at the entrance to Windsor's conservation area faces the threat of demolition yet again.

Essex Lodge is a 100 year old mock Tudor black and white timbered building on the junction of Osborne Road and Bolton Avenue by the roundabout.

It has been the subject of repeated attempts to develop it - with three attempts to demolish it and build flats rejected by the Royal Borough, two of them also being rejected on appeal.

The building is currently used as the base of a physiotherapy clinic.

Now a new plan by Sorbon Estates - part of the Shanly Group - to flatten the building and put 10 two bedroom and two one bedroom flats in its place - is due to be considered by borough planning councillors when the authority reconvenes after the election.

Already supporters of the building are gearing up for a fight.

Claire Milne, who is the chairman of the Boltons Residents Association and co-chairman of the team working on the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan, said: "Essex Lodge brings so much to the character of the area. It is such a landmark and is opposite the similar Kings House building - taken together they make a perfect pair as you drive through.

"Unfortunately while Kings House is in the conservation area Essex Lodge is just outside it, which makes it vulnerable."

The Windsor and Eton Society is also supporting the building which is only yards away from being part of the conservation area.