The leader of Wycombe District Council has added his voice to growing objections over a controversial building to replace a Marlow shop.

Cllr Richard Scott, who represents Marlow, has lodged a complaint against plans to demolish part of Jolliffe’s formal hire shop on Chapel Street and replace it with flats.

It comes just days after the Marlow Society made its own feelings known, complaining the modern design is out of keeping with the conservation area.

Cllr Scott has formally requested that the proposal is heard before the full WDC planning committee if recommended for approval, and will speak at the meeting in opposition.

Earlier this month, the Free Press reported on neighbours’ concerns over the replacement building, currently awaiting planning permission.

Designer of the plans, Wycombe-based Brocklehurst Architects, say the new buildings are respectful to the historic area and that they must build for the future rather than mimic the past.

Jolliffe’s has previously confirmed it had put the site up for sale and would look to relocate the business.

WDC is due to rule on the application next month.