A barn in Warfield, a protected tree in Sandhurst, and houses on Nine Mile Ride are in this week’s roundup of planning applications and decisions in Bracknell and Wokingham.

You can view each one by going to the relevant council’s planning website and searching for the application number provided.

Bracknell Forest: barn in Warfield (23/00468/PAA)

A barn in Warfield cannot be turned into accommodation, Bracknell Forest planning officers have ruled.

Mr Rupert Lee-Uff applied for prior approval to change the use of Brook Barn on Church Lane from agricultural to dwelling. He submitted plans that showed it would contain three bedrooms, a lounge and a kitchen.

But council planning officers refused his application, saying that when planning permission was granted to build the barn in 2020, it was on the condition that it was only for agricultural purposes.

Bracknell Forest: protected tree in Sandhurst (23/00186/TR5)

A protected tree is to be felled and replaced in a garden on Greenways in Sandhurst. The birch is dead, but is protected by a tree preservation order, meaning the owner has to get permission before it can be chopped down.

Environment officers agreed the tree could be felled, but said that it will have to be replaced with another silver birch in the same location.

Wokingham Borough: Houses on Nine Mile Ride (232225)

Sterling Contractors has submitted an application for permission to build two houses and a sefl-build bungalow at 252A Nine Mile Ride on Finchampstead.

The land currently contains just one bungalow and a large garden. Consultants from Waller Planning say the applicant intends to live in the custom bungalow, while the two semi-detached houses would fund the construction of the new home.

In pre-application advice, council planning officers objected to similar plans for two houses as the layout was inconsistent with the pattern of surrounding houses. The council’s highways department also said it would prefer vehicle access to be via Kiln Ride Extension, which runs alongside the site.

Developers said they had taken the comments on board and adjusted the layout before submitting their application.

Wokingham Borough: dog daycare in Swallowfield (231586)

Nutbean Farm on Nutbean Lane in Swallowfield has permission to become a dog daycare business, after getting planning permission from Wokingham Borough Council.

Farm resident Stacy Jobling enrolled on a Canine Behaviour Course at the Dog Business School, and also plans to apply for an Animal Activity Licence from Wokingham Borough Council.

The land currently houses a stable, yard, tack room and garden. But under the plans, it will not become an exercise area for the care of up to six dogs.