AN OLD borough theatre built more than 120 years ago will be partly knocked down and turned into apartments.

This is one of three application decisions made by the authority this week.

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Nine new homes in Sandhurst (20/00290/FUL)

‘The old theatre’ in Sandhurst will be turned into nine apartments after Bracknell Forest Council’s head of planning nodded through conversion proposals.

Last month, councillors gave their blessing to the plan to replace the historic building, nicknamed ‘the old theatre and built in 1895, with the new homes.

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But now the conversion has been officially confirmed, signalling the end of an era for the site.

According to a planning statement, the building has been used for light industrial works since the 1970s.

The site is currently vacant, however, and developers submitted plans to add a mix of one and two-bed apartments to the Scotland Hill site in May.

Back in October 2019, ‘the old theatre’ was added to a list of important buildings created by Bracknell Forest Council.

The purpose of this list was to give special planning protection to the nominated buildings, making it more difficult for developers to change sites with archaeological or historical interest.

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Liberta House was shortlisted for its artistic distinction, but not its historical interest.

The approval comes despite this shortlisting, and despite seven objections from neighbours upset at the plans.

Four new homes in Bracknell (20/00266/FUL)

Despite these plans having been granted planning permission once already in June, proposals for four new homes at Sunnymead on Jocks Lane have been given the go-ahead once again.

This is because developers submitted revised drawings for the plans in August.

It has taken Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) until October to re-approve the designs.

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This proposal is very similar to a previous proposal which was approved last year for three homes and a bungalow in the same place.

The only difference with this plan is the upgrade of the bungalow to another house — all of which would be three-bedrooms.

Mobile home permission (20/00335/CLPUD)

The siting of 491 mobile homes and seven new houses at Warfield Park will be allowed to continue.

This comes as BFC granted Warfield Park chiefs a certificate of lawful development to carry on at the site.

Warfield Park was first established back in 1947 and is located on the outskirts of Bracknell.