Parking fears for residents if Gold Cup pub in Ascot is turned into houses

Published: 12 Mar 2014 12:300 comments

RESIDENTS fear they will be competing with neighbours over parking spaces if plans for five houses nearby go ahead.

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People living near the former Gold Cup pub in Fernbank Road, North Ascot, are worried tensions between residents will reach boiling point.

Developer Dibbo Limited has submitted a planning application to demolish the former pub – vacant since December 2011 – and create five townhouses with off-street parking.

Despite locals supporting the redevelopment of the pub site in principle, they say they want a sensitive application that is in keeping with other homes in the road.

The planning application outlines three bollards either side of the entrance to the development – with the bollards removing vital car park spaces for neighbouring residents.

Phil Thompson, who lives in Fernbank Road, said the loss of the parking spaces would mean he would not be guaranteed a space near his house if the application was approved by Bracknell Forest Council later this month.

He said: “This plan would see parking spaces taken away when there aren’t enough of them as it is. I may be forced to park on the other side of the road, meaning my children would have to cross the busy Fernbank Road.

“We are all for the pub getting redeveloped; we don’t want it just standing there without being used. However, it has to be in good taste.”

The height of the proposed buildings has also irked residents, who claim they would be 10 feet higher than any of the cottages and bungalows they would be sandwiched by.

They also believe the new builds would not sit well among the older houses, some of which date back to the 1850s.

Dan Williams, another resident in Fernbank Road, said: “They are just ruining the look of Ascot and its country habitat with the large townhouses and it would ruin my privacy.

“Everybody wants the pub to be developed but the potential removal of parking spaces is not good. Everyone gets on with everyone here but if people start to compete for parking spaces then that could create tension.”

By the time the News went to press, the application had attracted 18 objections from residents. No-one from Dibbo

Ltd was available for comment.

A decision on the application is due to be made by Bracknell Forest Council’s planning committee on Thursday, March 27.

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