Grass verges in Great Hollands will be replaced with parking spaces it has been confirmed – amid calls by councillors for more of the same to happen across Bracknell.

Bracknell Forest Council wants to build two separate blocks of three spaces each on two patches of grass near the entrance to Holland Pines, just off Great Hollands Road.

The plans sparked debate among residents as some lamented the loss of green space while others decried the lack of places to park.

Councillors on Bracknell Forest’s planning committee gave the scheme planning permission on Thursday, December 14 – with some welcoming it as a way to ease parking problems in the town.

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Councillor Jenny Penfold said there needed to be measures to stop people parking on the entrance to Holland Pines.

She said: “This is a road which has parking problems you could say. There are nearly always cars parked on the entrance to the road.”

Councillor Patrick Smith said it would be ‘sad’ to lose patches of green space. But he called on council officers to look into other parts of Bracknell where the scheme could be repeated.

He said: “This is a very important scheme. It’s the type of scheme I think we’d all like to see more of around the borough.

“I think we need to take a good long look at where else we can be implementing schemes like this around the borough to address the parking issues that we have in these older estates.

“The estates when they were designed, were not designed to cope with and manage the amount of car ownership that they have in those spaces.”

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Councillor Dorothy Hayes argued that the council should require more parking spaces to be provided in new housing developments, otherwise Bracknell estates would lose more green spaces.

She said: “I do think we have a problem with regards to this because we will be losing a lot more of the green spaces of this lovely area that was designed in that period.”

Councillor Gareth Barnard also said the plans could be repeated across the borough – but said this might be difficult as not all of the land is owned by the council.

He said: “Just because a resident says there’s a piece of land you could put some parking spaces on, actually that’s only probably about 5 per cent of the store.

“If it’s owned by Silva Homes or whoever they are now or somebody else then actually that becomes more complex to do.”