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Funeral directors will disturb my children, claims resident in Little Marlow Road, Marlow
PLANS to turn a former wedding shop into a funeral directors should be turned down because the work carried out by an undertaker's firm may disturb young children living next door, a resident says.
Arnold Funeral Service, based in Wethered Road, wants to move into The Wedding Centre in Little Marlow Road but some neighbours are opposing the move.
The Wedding Centre shut down around two months ago after 21 years of business.
Some residents living close to the site have written to Wycombe District Council asking for the proposal to be rejected.
Rebecca Jenkins, who lives next door in Little Marlow Road, said it went against council planning policies to safeguard residents.
"Such a use is a disturbance for residents and particularly young children such as my own who may be uncomfortable with such operations being undertaken in view from their home and in such close proximity," she wrote.
"This location in Marlow is a residential area and the site is fully surrounded by residential dwellings, many of which overlook the site.
"As such, it is not in keeping with surroundings to permit such a commercial/retail use.
"In addition, the specific use as an undertaker compounds the unsuitability of the premises as such operations should be undertaken in established retail/commercial use areas which generally do not impinge on residential areas and residents' enjoyment of their immediate locality."
Jonathan and Natasha Hargreaves, also of Little Marlow Road, said in a joint letter: "We would hope that they are rejected on the basis that this site is unsuitable for the proposed use and would provide for retail use within a designated residential area."
Property and planning agents Brown Associates, working on behalf of Arnold, said this week they had no comment to make at this stage.
However, in its application, the agent argues the plan is an appropriate change of use, saying it will be "discreet, peaceful and low key", with low levels of traffic.
It explains the funeral director has outgrown its existing premises and needs more space.
Planning officials will now rule on the application and comments can be made via the planning section of the council's website. www.wycombe.gov.uk.
Use reference 12/07797/FUL to see the plans.