Marlow Town Council recommends police station plans for refusal

James Harrison

On the same night plans for retirement flats in Bourne End were warmly received, a similar scheme was given the cold shoulder in Marlow.

The plans, to convert the old police station, in Dean Street, into 32 residential units was recommended for refusal at a meeting of the town council’s planning, environment and transportation committee last night.

Among the objections raised was an ‘insufficient separation’ between the development and existing homes in Verney Close.

It was also felt that the proposal was an overdevelopment of the site and of inappropriate ‘scale and mass’.

However, one of the main concerns was the amount of parking allocated.

Just 13 spaces have been included in the plans by developer Churchill Retirement Living — the equivalent of less than half a space per flat.

Discussing the scheme, Cllr Suzanne Brown asked Cllr Neil Marshall, also a member of the Wycombe District Council planning committee, whether it was the case that the firm could ‘get away’ with so little parking provision because of the nature of the development.

Cllr Marshall said it was, later adding that parking would be ‘unlikely’ to be accepted as a reason for refusal as similar schemes have ‘already been accepted elsewhere’.

Wycombe District Council is expected to issue a decision by Wednesday, October 12.

Plans by the Marlow Grill, in the High Street, to take over the Buckingham Antiques store next door, were on the agenda as well.

Several comments had been received before the meeting, with neighbours expressing concern that the increased size could lead to great noise and smell pollution from the business.

However, according to councillors, investigation of this had revealed that no complaints about noise or smells from the premises have ever been recorded and no objections were offered.

Amendments to the Marlow Flood Alleviation Scheme were also raised.

According to the council’s clerk, who summarised the revised plans, the original scheme had intended to go directly through properties on the river, near Gossmore Recreation Ground, off Gossmore Lane.

The new scheme will instead ‘circumnavigate the gardens, rather than go through’.

No objections were offered.

To view the planning applications in full, visit the planning portal at and search for 16/06745 to see plans for Marlow Police Station; 16/06858 and 16/06859 to see plans for Marlow grill and 16/06946 to see revised plans for the Marlow Flood Alleviation Scheme.

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