POUNDLAND has been refused permission to build a new floor. 

The bargain store had applied to Bracknell Forest Council for permission to convert into a two-floor store, adding a mezzanine store, but those proposals have been knocked back by the planning committee.

The store, situated in the Peel Centre, had applied to the council for "Proposed installation of a mezzanine floor level including internal alterations, refurbishment and fit out works to an existing retail unit."

Despite Bracknell Town Council finding no objections to the proposals, the Borough Council refused them.

Max Baker, head of planning at Bracknell Forest Council, stated in his decision notice that the car parking for the store was the main reason behind the refusal. 

He stated: "The proposed development would result in an increased demand for parking spaces where the existing car park facility does not have capacity for additional demand. 

"The proposed development would therefore be considered to result in a detrimental impact on highway safety and on the general operation of the site. 

"The proposed development would therefore be contrary to Policy CS23 of the Core Strategy Development Plan Document and 'Saved' Policy M9 of the Bracknell Forest Borough Local Plan."

Also included in the proposals was a disabled access to the upstairs floor, as well as disabled toilets in the upstairs section of the store.