An upmarket Marlow health club has submitted plans for a “much-needed” £1.4 million car park in Globe Park, which is expected to create around 165 new spaces within the busy business park.

The Marlow Club submitted its plans this week for the car park in Fieldhouse Lane, which will provide around 85 bays on the top floor exclusively for the club’s members, while the ground floor spaces will be managed by Wycombe District Council and offered to Marlow businesses on a lease basis.

Jon Williams, chief operating officer at The Marlow Club, said: “Plans for the car park will help to alleviate some of the current issues with car parking and congestion on the business park as well as regenerating a derelict area which will improve the overall aesthetics of this section of the business park.

“Constructing a new, purpose-built car park will create a more secure, long-term parking solution for our members.

“Throughout the building phase, we will make sure our members experience as little inconvenience as possible and will provide temporary, alternative car parking within walking distance of the club.”

It comes after plans were submitted in August to build budget hotel Travelodge, with a car park, opposite the club, which thousands of people protested against over concerns it would impact the future of businesses in Globe Park as well as parking in the area.

Wycombe District Council, which owns the land, demolished an empty industrial building on the site last year and got planning permission for a 102-bay surface car park.

But planning officials said the surface car park would be “superseded” by The Marlow Club’s decked car park if it is given the go-ahead.

If this happens, the work is expected to start early next year with the first cars being able to use the facility by the middle of 2018.

Cllr Steve Broadbent, Wycombe District Council’s cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, said: “The car park really is beneficial to everyone, providing additional parking capacity for members of The Marlow Club and spill over parking spaces for people staying at the proposed Travelodge hotel.

“It also provides the council with further spaces that can be made available to the various businesses on the Globe Business Park, with the planned decked car park taking a significant amount of on-street parking off the road which should improve road safety, access and traffic movement around the park.”