Countryside views and a lane’s rural character would be spoiled by plans to build up to 10 new homes next to a historic manor house in Binfield, a neighbour has warned.

A company called Knowlton Holdings has applied for permission to build the homes on Terrace Road North, on land next to the Binfield Park manor house. But one neighbour has already warned the plans would harm the countryside and wildlife.

Mavis Froud of Binfield wrote to Bracknell Forest Council’s planning department to object. She said the plans would ‘change the rural character of North Terracce North,’ and ‘detract from the view towards Binfield from Church Lane and All Saints Church.’

She added that the development ‘would undoubtedly have an adverse effect on wildlife'.

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But planning consultancy Luken Beck says the proposals have taken into account the effect on countryside views and local heritage.

Under the plans, the homes would be built on a field with some woodland on Terrace Road North, just at the northern tip of Binfield village.

The site is next to the driveway leading to the Binfield Park manor house. Both the gates and the house itself are grade two listed, as is a barn that’s part of the Jack O Newbury pub on the opposite side of the road.

A statement submitted by Luken Beck to Bracknell Forest Council said: “Careful consideration has been given to the various constraints and opportunities across the site.”

It added these include nearby protected trees, ‘the sensitive heritage context’ and ‘views of the site from the public rights of way and the surrounding area'.

The statement also claims that as the site is ‘heavily bordered by trees’ along its western boundary ‘the views into the site are minimal’ from Terrace North Road.

Luken Beck says it posted leaflets to 100 nearby addresses describing its plans and asking for feedback before applying for planning permission.

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It says neighbours’ responses included concerns that lighting would disorient wildlife and that the removal of some mature trees would destroy habitats.

But Luken Beck says the lighting used will be worked out with Bracknell Forest Council officers, and that replacement saplings ‘will ensure that a new generation of trees are planted, whilst many retained mature and healthy trees can still be utilised by the surrounding habitats'.

The application is for outline planning permission, meaning that if permission is granted, developers will need to submit further details such as parking layout and the number of affordable homes for approval before construction can begin.

Bracknell Forest Council’s consultation period on the plans is set to end on 9 February, although people will still be able to submit comments after this date.