CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new pizza takeaway to replace a former butcher’s shop are dividing the community.

More than 100 neighbours have backed the proposal to add the eatery in Great Hollands Square, which is set to be decided by Bracknell Forest planning bosses next week.

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However, a petition with 65 signatures which demands the plans are scrapped over 'smell and litter polution' has also been sent to Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) chiefs.

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Owners closed the butchers more than 18 months ago blaming the “current economic situation”, effects of “Brexit uncertainty” and “the current rise of online shopping” for shutting down.

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They say the new takeaway will “activate the neighbourhood centre” and will “better serve local residents”.

Supporters want to see the new hot food grill and takeaway added to fill the empty shop and to add another food option nearby.

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One supporter wrote: “This sounds lovely and would complement the other offerings locally.

“[It’s] such a shame to have an empty shop when this is on offer.”

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However, dozens of neighbours are upset with the plans as they say a new takeaway could mean more litter dropped and more noise and smell pollution from the site.

Labour councillor Mary Temperton wrote: “We already have three takeaways - a fish and chip shop, an Indian restaurant and take away and a Chinese takeaway.

“We need a diverse selection of shops.

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“Such an application has been refused before and I hope this application is also refused.”

Pizza bosses want the store to be open from Monday to Sunday between 11:00am to 11:00pm

Five jobs could be created by the new shop.

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Bracknell Forest Council’s officers have recommended the plans be approved but the ultimate decision will come down to the planning committee on Thursday, November 14.