AMBITIOUS plans for a new deli in Crowthorne have been thrown out by the council — because bosses fear more cars parked on the road would be a danger to pedestrians.

Proposals for the “unique” eatery on Crown Corner were unveiled in February but a decision has only recently been made on the designs.

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Applicants C&H Foods Ltd — who have 15 years in the catering industry — were hoping to serve hot and cold food including cured meats, cheeses, breads and a “small selection of cooked dishes and pastries” at their deli.

Artisan coffee and “bespoke” soft drinks would also have been available from the store.

Supper clubs and cheese and wine tasting evenings were also planned, according to a planning statement.

The proposal received widespread support from the community, with 14 residents backing the plans against just three objections.

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One supporter wrote: “It is significantly different from other offerings in the town centre, and is completely different from the other deli, which is more of a sandwich shop.

“Diversity of offering should be embraced and will only be [a] positive for local businesses already in existence.”

The plan was recommended for approval by Crowthorne Parish Council back in March, too.

Despite this backing, Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) refused the application because it received “insufficient information” to demonstrate the plans “would not lead to additional parking in surrounding roads”.

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Planning bosses at the authority were concerned more parked cars would be inconvenient for residents living nearby and could affect pedestrian safety.

A BFC comment read: “The [...] authority has acted positively and proactively in determining this application by identifying matters of concern with the development and notifying the applicant.

“However, the issues are so fundamental to the development that it has not been possible to negotiate a satisfactory way forward and due to the harm which has been clearly identified within the reasons for the refusal, approval has not been possible.”

The decision was made on Thursday, May 14.