PLANS to build a number of homes near Mill Ride Golf Club in Ascot have been thrown out after the council rejected two separate planning applications.

Proposals from 2018 would have seen the existing home at 89 Locks Ride, Winkfield demolished to make way for 13 homes, with an earlier application from 2017 for five homes also refused.

But both plans were last week refused by Bracknell Forest Council.

Had the applications been approved, four of the 13 new homes would have been three-bedroom dwellings and nine would have been four-bedroom dwellings which would have been of “traditional design and appearance”.

The five new homes applied for in 2017 would have been individually designed and “bespoke to each plot”.

Planners Ascot Design claimed the 13 homes on the site of 89 Locks Ride would be of an “extremely high quality and will make a positive contribution to the character of the area”.

But the two separate applicants for each proposal were told they could not build on the site after facing opposition from more than 40 residents between them as well as objections from Winkfield Parish Council.

One resident who lives nearby to the site commented on the application for the five homes, writing: “This proposal is a backland development – there is no precedent of this within the local area.

“The additional houses would impact on the adjacent properties and the traffic in the area.

“This is not a sustainable build – residents would need to rely on car journey’s to access amenities such as health services and shops.

“Further building and development would have a severe detrimental negative impact of the area. Many creatures such as badgers and deer inhabit the area – It is the habitat of birds – owls, woodpeckers as well as other endangered species.”

The application for the 13 homes has been pending since March 2018 while the application for the five other homes has been awaiting decision since January 2017.

BFC refused both applications on the grounds they fell outside of the designated settlement boundaries and breached council planning policies.

Reasons set out in a decision notice read: “(The development) would result in an unacceptable urbanising impact which would harm the intrinsic character and beauty of the countryside.”