A planned new off licence will be allowed to sell alcohol from 8am to 11pm seven days a week – despite a neighbour's fears of 'rowdy drinking.'

The new off licence is planned to open at 1B Ralphs Ride, next to a Stop and Shop that also sells alcohol. As many as 42 people wrote to Bracknell Forest Council asking it to refuse to grant the shop a licence to sell alcohol, fearing crime and anti-social behaviour.

But councillors on Bracknell Forest’s licensing panel agreed to approve the licence as police had raised no objection.

One neighbour told the panel she had already had trouble with people leaving pubs late at night and visiting nearby off licences. She said: “I’ve had rubbish thrown into my property.

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“Drunk people who have either come back from the pub drunk and want alcohol go to the existing premises that sell alcohol, bring it back and stand on the street corner, rowdy drinking.

“I’ve had drunk people knocking at my door screaming trying to get into my property. So if this licence gets granted then I am at risk of that sort of behaviour increasing.”

But the applicant Mr Singh and his agent Surendra Panchal said police had not objected – and that the shop’s lighting and CCTV would discourage anti-social behaviour.

Mr Panchal said: “We did speak to the police and the police had no objections. Normally if the area has a lot of problems they would object to the application, from my experience.

“The other advantage we will be giving to the area is there will be enough lighting. And there will be a CCTV outside camera at the premises to help the police if any problems are created.”

The licensing panel decided to grant the application on Thursday, February 8.