NEW homes complete with a cafe, offices and car parking are set to be built in Bracknell.

That is one of three interesting planning applications validated by the council in the past week.

For full details of each plan, enter the planning reference at

New homes in Bracknell (planning reference 20/00823/FUL)

Twelve new flats are set to go up in Birch Hill after builders submitted plans to convert Burford House on Leppington into a mixed-use development.

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The new one and two-bed homes (three of the former, nine of the latter) would be built on three floors alongside a ground-floor cafe, offices and car parking, which would be partly underground.

Should the plans go ahead, the new dwellings would be erected at the site of a two-storey office building.

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The site is just opposite Birch Hill’s Aldi supermarket and Ringmead medical centre, and is next door to Birch Hill Community Centre.

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Speaking of the designs in a planning statement, developers wrote: “The result is a well-considered, attractive building, of mixed uses.

“These uses will make a positive contribution to Birch Hill in terms of; increasing the facilities which serve the wider community, supporting the economic vitality and viability of the shopping centre and creating an inclusive development which will provide high quality, accessible housing.”

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Conversion of a former post office (20/00872/FUL)

Crowthorne’s old post office is set to be converted into a small business network centre.

Once complete, the site will become a de facto internet cafe complete with a small kitchen for making tea and coffee, WiFi and socially-distanced seating.

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The Dukes Ride space, which has been vacant for a “considerable period of time”, would also be replaced with a new living space complete with a kitchen and a bedroom at the back of the site following a “modest extension”.

A new staircase would lead to the first floor, too.

Seven new homes in Ascot (20/00862/FUL)

The demolition of Orchard House on Priory Road in Ascot is set to pave the way for new homes in the area.

All of the seven new dwellings would be two-bedroom apartments, according to plans recently submitted.

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New parking, landscaping and entrance gates would also be added at the site, which is in the green belt.

Like with all applications listed above, this plan is pending consideration and Bracknell Forest Council is yet to make a decision on the proposal.