Plans to build six flats on a leafy residential street have been refused after council officers ruled they would not be ‘compatible’ with the character of the area.

Landowner Sophia Debray wanted to build the block of six flats at Tiverton, The Spinney, in Sunningdale.

A planning statement submitted with the application for planning permission said the prosposed building was designed to be ‘in keeping with and compliment its surroundings'.

It said the building would have a ‘more contemporary style'. But it said it would be similar to another property, Maple House on Larch Avenue. It also said the red bricks and grey roof tiles were the same as those in other approved planning applications.

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But planning officers at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said the layout and and shared parking court proposed were ‘not compatible with the prevalent character of The Spinney'.

Officers also said the dormer in the proposed building was ‘at odds with the design and character of the building itself'. Adding this is because it was ‘overly bulky and large in scale’ and that it would dominate the rear of the building.

Council planning officers formally refused planning permission last month, on June 25.