A new fish and chip restaurant could be heading to Bracknell if council bosses give the go-ahead to plans.

Chippie chiefs want to convert a shop on Horndean Road into a new restaurant but need permission from Bracknell Forest Council’s (BFC) planning committee first.

The unit, which is currently empty, is located within a local parade and sits next to two takeaways, a Tesco Express and The Woodcutters pub.

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However, some residents are not on board with the change in use after claiming these plans were the latest in a string of attempts from the applicant to secure the all-clear for a new eatery.

Documents show applicants withdrew similar proposals in July with some neighbours suggesting proposers had previously tried to convert the unit into a takeaway rather than a restaurant.

Three residents sent their objections to BFC, with concerns raised the chippie could start selling Chinese food if given the go-ahead.

One alledged: “There are already 2 shops serving hot Chinese food, and a third would have a very negative impact on the diversity of shops and the business of the existing shops.

“This concerns me very much as there is no restriction on the occupiers from serving Chinese food if they are granted use.

“There would be substantial conflict between the three of the four shops in this little parade.”

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Worries about litter and a lack of seats in the restaurant were also pointed out by neighbours, but a council report found the plans to be in order.

The report read: “The proposed use of the unit as (a) restaurant would bring a vacant unit (vacant since 2014) back into use which would be desirable and would not adversely impact the sustainability of the shopping area.

“The proposal would contribute towards the diversity of services available in the local parade and its vitality.

“The proposed use would attract people to the local parade who could then utilise other services available in the parade such as the… public house.”

Should the plans get the green-light, the chippie would be open from 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 10pm Monday to Thursday, half an hour later in the evening on Friday and Saturday, and 5pm – 10pm on Sundays.

BFC’s planning committee is expected to approve the plans at a meeting on Thursday, August 15.