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Marlow Police Station plans recommended for approval

James Harrison

Controversial plans for the old Marlow Police Station are due to be approved tomorrow night (Wednesday).

The scheme, which could see the Dean Street site converted into 30 new retirement apartments, is due to be debated at Wycombe District Council's (WDC) final Planning Committee meeting of 2016.

As well as creating nine two-bed and 21 single-bed flats by demolishing the existing early 20th Century neo-Georgian building, a new police station would also be constructed.

The proposals have been recommended for approval by planning officers, citing the immediate benefits of 'employment opportunities during the demolition, construction and marketing phases of the development'.

An accompanying report also adds the importance of providing extra homes for the town, the gain of a new 'fit for purpose' police station and developer contributions towards nearby affordable housing schemes.

It adds these could outweigh concerns over design.

The plans have proved unpopular however, with Marlow Town Council submitting objections on the grounds of impact on parking provision.

This view was shared by the Marlow Society and WDC's Cllr Alex Collingwood (Con, Marlow North and West), who submitted his own comment on the application.

It said: " I agree with the objections raised by Marlow Town Council plus lack of amenity space for the individual dwellings and the complex as a whole and a lack of parking.

"It will have a negative impact on the neighbours in Dean Street with the new police station as well as the residents in the Ice House

"In addition, there will be an adverse impact on the new residents of the complex through the lack of amenities and individual amenity space.

"There is still a lack of parking provision."

The application, by Churchill Retirement Living, was originally submitted in June and proposed the construction of 32 homes.

However, following comments on the plans, this was revised down to 30, to be marketed exclusively for those aged 60 or over.

The reference number for the plans is REF:16/06745

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