CONTROVERSIAL plans for more than 300 homes in the countryside are set to be given the go-ahead despite opposition to the proposals.

Planning officers at the council have recommended the designs — which come as part of a wider scheme to build 2,200 homes in Warfield — are approved.

IN FULL: Check out the plans for more than 300 homes in the Warfield countryside

The new homes would go up on land east of Old Priory Lane and west of Maize Lane in Warfield, north of Bracknell, which is currently a mix of horse grazing paddocks and grassland.

Bracknell News:

Up to 305 homes could be built altogether along with a new primary school, but this total could shrink to 270 homes if there is a greater need for school places and a larger school should be needed.

But 84 objections have been submitted to the council from neighbours unhappy with the scheme.

Some of the concerns shared by residents include overdevelopment of the area, which some say would change the character of Warfield, as well as fears over the increased pressure on community facilities and roads, and worries about the loss of open green space.

READ MORE: Residents concerned about plans for 305 homes in Warfield

One resident wrote: “During the lockdown, many more people have come to appreciate the importance of green space and clean air for physical and mental well-being.

“Having the option to reach those spaces, schools and shops safely by foot or by cycle.

Bracknell News:

“The whole character of Bracknell has changed dramatically over the past 25 years and it no longer offers the quality of life it used to.

“The current housing quota has been achieved but BFC [Bracknell Forest Council] seem intent on creating a "Woking-BinNell" where communities lose their identities, borders are lost as every parcel of land is developed.”

Only one letter of support was sent to the council.

READ MORE: First details of plans for 300 homes in Warfield countryside revealed

Planning chiefs argue the delivery of the new homes would contribute to wider plans to boost the borough’s housing supply “without unacceptably compromising the character and appearance of the area, residential amenity or highway safety.”

The application is an outline proposal, which means more detailed plans are likely to come forward should this scheme be approved.

Bracknell News:

Of the 305 new homes, 25 per cent would be made affordable. Most of the new dwellings would be three-bedroom and two-bedroom properties.

Councillors will meet on Thursday, November 12 to judge the plans.