Plans to open a pizza and fried chicken takeaway in a former hairdressing salon have been refused as they would have caused ‘illegal’ parking, Bracknell Forest Council has ruled.

Mr Satpal Singh Madhan wanted to turn the former salon on Winkfield Row in Ascot into a fast food takeaway. But council planning officers said parking problems in the area would get worse if the plans went ahead.

In a letter to Mr Madhan, the council said: “The proposed development will exacerbate the existing parking problems in the area due to a shortfall in parking provided, resulting in an increased risk of illegal, inconsiderate and obstructive parking.”

Mr Madhan first applied for permission to turn the former Generations of Hair salon into a takeaway in October last year.

Documents submitted as part of this said the takeaway would have sold pizza, fried chicken and chips, and would have had seating inside for 16 people.

But Bracknell Forest Council received some 24 letters of objection to the plans. And planning rules say that a takeaway needs more parking spaces than a hair salon – which Mr Madhan’s plans didn’t allow for.

Council highways officers said that they believed the takeaway would create a need for seven additional parking spaces in the area.

But their assessment showed there are currently 141 spaces available in the surrounding streets, with 138 cars needing to park there – leaving the plans four spaces short.

They said this would lead to lead to cars ‘roaming around trying to find free spaces and would increase the risk of illegal, inconsiderate or obstructive parking.’

Bracknell Forest Council officially refused planning permission on December 12.