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Residents have criticised plans for 24 flats, claiming they could endanger the lives of children in the area.

They believe the proposed two new blocks of flats in Binfield Road, Bracknell, will increase traffic flow in the area and ruin the character of the neighbourhood.

The popular Jock's Lane play area is close to the proposed site, and residents fear for their children's safety when crossing the road.

A further concern is that the flats, proposed for 160 to 166 Binfield Road, would potentially overlook many residents from Bennings Close, Manor Close and Binfield Road.

Homeowners are also worried their gardens will be overshadowed by the two- and three-storey buildings.

John Ward, of Binfield Road, said: "Our main concern is the extra traffic and loss of character to the area."

Other issues which have been raised include the potential smell resulting from communal dustbins, parking problems and general congestion in the area.

Geoff Connell, also of Binfield Road, has lived in his property for 47 years and strongly opposes the plans.

Mr Connell said: "Many of our neighbours have been here for as long as we have and don't want the area to change.

"With 24 new flats we can expect at least 36 extra cars and there is already an ambulance or police car down this road nearly every day.

"I have written a strong letter to the council objecting to the plans and I don't believe they will go ahead because of the strength of opposition.

"The type of people that will buy the flats won't stay around too long, whereas all the residents living around the site have been here for donkey's years."

Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, expressed fears that the communal dustbins would create a smell in the area. They were also concerned about parking problems brought about by the development.

The developers, Heronsbrook Homes, originally planned to replace three bungalows and a house on the site with 28 flats, but the application was rejected last January.

Heronsbrook claims the new application for 24 flats is more in keeping with the area, but residents are not convinced.

According to a spokesman at Bracknell Forest Borough Council, no decision has yet been made on the plan but any residents' concerns would be considered.

Heronbrook intends to hold a public meeting to allow residents to air their views.


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