Controversial plans to build 81 new homes in Bracknell have been given the green light.
Approval has been granted to Shanly Homes, a Beaconsfield development company, to renovate the Palm Hills estate on London Road – following the demolition of two homes currently on the site.
Of the 81 homes, nine are expected to be four-bedroom, 49 three-bedroom, eight two-bedroom and 15 one-bedroom.
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61 of the 81 houses are multi-level houses, with the remaining 20 houses being apartments in a single four-story building, located in the northeast corner of the site.
Parking spaces for 156 cars are planned along with a new access point from London Road, which means some trees will need to be removed.
The proposal also includes waste and cycle storage areas, residential perimeters, surface water drainage measures and open spaces – the largest area of which is to the east of the site, running north to south.
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The council had rejected the proposal in 2020 after developers refused to include affordable homes in the plans.
Bracknell Forest Council has a policy that large housing estates must have at least 25% affordable housing.
Nevertheless, an independent property consultant suggested in a report that the development would not be financially viable if affordable homes were provided, so zero was included in the plans.
However, after appeal, the plans were approved despite the lack of affordable housing provisions.
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The site is east of Bracknell and midway between Bracknell and Ascot town centres, just south of the council’s historic burial site known locally as the ‘Old London Road Tip’ .
Residents and the authority have suggested that the proximity of the old point could be dangerous as the new owners could be exposed to contamination from the site.
But planning officers overturned that suggestion, saying applicants had proven the site would be safe.
Development is expected to begin later this year, according to Shanly Homes.