PLANNING bosses have given the green light to developers to build seven new homes on Hatchet Lane, Ascot.

This means the existing home and other buildings at Hatchet Lane Farm will be converted to accommodate the new living spaces.

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The site is located within the green belt but the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) gave the all-clear for building to commence on this land as the new homes would make use of redundant buildings.

A developer’s report read: “The buildings are proposed to be converted in a manner which is sympathetic to their existing character and appearance”.

Five plots will be converted from a small outbuilding, a disused stable and a barn, with the other two being turned into new homes from the existing dwelling.

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The new houses will be a mix of three and two-bedroom homes.

RBWM received two letters of objection from neighbours, with residents concerned about the increase in traffic on Hatchet Lane and Winkfield Road and overdevelopment in rural Ascot.

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Despite these fears, the council gave permission to developers to build the new homes on Thursday, June 25.