PLANS for dozens of homes in Binfield have been rejected after more than 50 people sent objections to the council.

A planning application detailed proposals to build 40 homes – the majority of which would have been 2 or 3 bedroom houses aimed at young couples and families – on the land north of Tilehurst Lane and west of South Lodge in Binfield.

A report outlining the refusal read: “The proposed development would cause unacceptable harm to the open, parkland character of the site which provides a rural setting to Binfield and would have an adverse impact upon the rural character of Tilehurst Lane.”

Plans were submitted to the council more than 14 months ago but the application fell down after it was refused by the authority on Thursday, January 31.

The application had included plans for a quarter of houses to be made affordable, with outlines for a play area and a pond also detailed in the proposals.

Applicants claimed: “The application site, being over 3 hectares, has the potential to create a sense of place rather than repeat the indistinctive estate architecture of the immediate surroundings."

But Binfield Parish Council voted to refuse the application in late 2017 after citing their concerns about the impact of the building on the character of the area.

And the application failed to receive support from Binfield residents too after 53 people sent objections to the application, with one neutral comment submitted and no letters of support received by the council.