Exciting plans for Lapland UK’s Winter Wonderland experience and a plan to start a dog grooming business are among the latest planning applications submitted in our area this past week. 

The biggest plan is to extend the amount of time Lapland UK’s  Winter Wonderland experience takes place. 

There is also a plan to convert the old Royal British Legion in Bracknell town centre into a children’s nursery. 

Over in Wokingham, a pub company has applied to make changes to The Rose restaurant in the town centre, the former home of Cafe Rouge.

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To get more details for plans within Bracknell Forest, enter the planning reference at https://planapp.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/online-applications/.

To see plans in Wokingham, head to the borough council planning portal: https://planning.wokingham.gov.uk/FastWebPL/welcome.asp .

Extension of opening days for Lapland UK’s Winter Wonderland at Whitmoor Bog in the Crown Estate (21/00347/FUL)

Bracknell News:

Lapland UK has applied to extend the amount of days it operates its Winter Wonderland experience.

The company has applied for the Winter Wonderland to be open from Monday, November 1, to Saturday, January 15, 2022.

In normal years, the Winter Wonderland runs from November 15 to  December 24 (Christmas Eve) and then reopens from January 2 to January 15.

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The adjusted times mean construction workers need access to the site earlier than usual. Lapland UK is proposing having access to the site from September 23 to build the site. After that, all temporary structures must be packed up no later than February 8.

In normal years, the construction crew can begin working on the site on October 1 and must have everything packed up by January 31.

Lapland UK is located at Whitmoor Bog in Swinley Road, Ascot. The land is owned by the Crown Estate. 

Application to open dog grooming business in Warfield (21/00284/FUL)

Bracknell News: The plans for the dog grooming business in Warfield. Credit: Bracknell Forest Council plan application 21/00284/FUL

The owner of a home in Old Lands Hill, Warfield has applied to prepare their home to open a dog grooming business.

The plan involves converting part of the garage into a living space used for dog grooming alongside the current house.

The applicants rather large garage would be converted, with part of it being used as a dog grooming room. Parts of their front garden would be given over to a parking space so customers can drop off and pick up their dogs. However, the applicant predicts that most of their customers will live nearby and therefore walk their dog to the home for their cut.

Conversion of former Royal British Legion into nursery in Stanley Walk, Bracknell (21/00438/PAVS) 

Bracknell News: The former Royal British Legion Bracknell. A nursery company wants to convert it into a nursery. Credit: Bracknell Forest Council plan application 21/00438/PAVS

Storybook Montessori has applied to convert the unoccupied Royal British Legion building in Bracknell town centre into a nursery. 

If approved,  Storybook Montessori would need to refurbish the building so it can serve 86 children. The family run nursery business plans to hire 10-15 members of staff at their location in Bracknell.

This would be the second Storybook Montessori nursery Ff approved, with the first being located in the grounds of Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot.

Changes to first floor of old Rose pub in Wokingham town centre (Wokingham app 211558)

Bracknell News: Rose Wokingham Function Room Plan - application 211558

Oakman Inns, the owners of the old Rose pub in 30 Market Place, Wokingham have applied to build a function room and make changes to the first floor of the pub.

Work would require removing the modern partitions and spiral staircase in the pub so a function room with its own bar and snug room  can be created.

Oakman Inns has had to apply to carry out this work at the pub building, formerly known as the Ye Old Rose Inne, is Grade II listed. According to Historic England, the pub dates back to the early 15th century.

The building use to be a Cafe Rouge until the chain shut up shop there in 2018.

The pub has been closed since then. Oakman Inns submitted plans for the pub in 2019. The company currently runs 35 restaurants and inns.