Plans to revamp a much-missed country pub have been thrown into doubt by confusion over who owns the land.

Boddingtons Planning consultant wanted planning permission to change the parking layout at Jack O’Newbury on Terrace Road in Binfield to make it more attractive to future customers. It comes alongside already approved plans to refurbish it as a gastropub, after it closed in 2020.

But Bracknell Forest Council has said it can’t consider the parking plans – after finding some of the land to be developed is owned by a neighbour. It said this means the council ‘cannot entertain’ the application for planning permission.

In a letter to Boddingtons, the council said planning permission applications are only valid if they come with a certificate showing all the relevant landowners have been notified.

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The letter says Boddingtons submitted a certificate saying the pub’s land owner was the ‘sole owner’ of all the land covered by the plans. But the letter says the council was then told by the owner of a site to the west – known as Brambles – that some of the land belonged to them.

The council says it checked the land registry and found that not all of the land in the plans belonged to the pub’s landowner.

It added this would also affect previously approved plans to build extensions to the pub in 2022 and 2019 – and that these might also need new planning applications.

The News has asked Boddingtons how this might affect plans to refurbish the pub but has not had a response.