Four new homes could be built in Beaconsfield Old Town if new plans are given the green light.

The owners of the Old Mulberry House, in London End, which is being converted into Thai restaurant Giggling Squid, want to redevelop the land behind the listed building and build four terraced homes on the site.

According to the design and access statement, each three-storey home will have a small basement, three bedrooms and a rear garden.

In pre-application advice given, South Bucks District Council’s planning officer Laura Rheiter told the applicants that she was worried that the amount of hard-surfacing of much of the site frontage to create eight parking spaces would “pose a threat to the character of the area”.

The applicants responded to say that the ground surface of the driveway will be ‘pea-beech gravel’, which they say is “both permeable and visually has more ‘softness’ than paving, tarmac or concrete”.

Members of the Beaconsfield Society are worried that building the homes will result in overdevelopment of the site and that they will not be “in keeping” with the surrounding buildings, saying they would be submitting an objection to the plans.