HUNDREDS of people attended a public exhibition this weekend to discuss proposed plans for a huge housing development to be built in Marlow town centre.

As revealed by the Bucks Free Press yesterday, plans have emerged for a new development consisting of 72 dwellings to be built in Portland Gardens, behind the high street.

The site was recently sold to developer Crest Nicholson, who held the exhibition this weekend to “give more information and to gather people opinions”.

The meetings held yesterday and today on the site had over 250 people visit, as Marlow residents came out to discover more about the proposals.

Ben Sherreard a spokesman for Crest Nicholson said: “Both days have gone really well, it has been a good turnout.

“The whole purpose of holding this is to take in people’s views and to make any amendments to plans.

“We have had lots of people here and most of them seem happy with the plans and there have also been a few sensible questions people have brought up to.

“Like every developer Crest Nicholson has set designs they use all over the county, these designs are completely new and are designed with the rest of Marlow in mind.”

Many people voiced their opinions during the exhibition with most people taking in the plans for the very first time.

Ray and Dawn Isted, who have lived in Marlow for 40 years, thought that although there were some issues with access routes into the development, the designs were impressive.

Mr Isted said: “This part of Marlow doesn’t look the nicest; if you come here you could be mistaken for thinking you have left the area. This will lift the area immensely.

“Although we think there are a couple of issues with access we are quite impressed with the designs of the buildings.”

The main access into the site proved a big concern amongst many people who attended the exhibition.

Eugene Gillan said: “It comes as a complete surprise for me that they are thinking of developing here, an area that 95 per cent of people don’t know exists.

“Other than initial thoughts about the horrendous access points, the designs at least show that the properties will be of a high quality.”