New plans for a controversial car park development will be showcased next week – a move which has been met with frustration from campaigners.

Last month South Bucks District Council’s (SBDC) cabinet agreed to spend £90,000 on fresh plans for a new 443-space car park in Station Road.

Original plans were thrown out last year after the council received numerous objections from furious campaigners – who compared the design of the multi-storey to a cheese grater.

The revised design will be exhibited at Gerrards Cross Library, Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre and the SBDC office in Oxford Road, Denham, from Monday, May 21.

There will also be an information event at the memorial hall from 3pm to 8pm on May 21 -where council officers and representatives from developers Balfour Beatty will be available to answer questions.

Once the application has been submitted to the council there will be a three week public consultation as part of the planning process, according to SBDC.

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The allocated budget for the car park will be up for discussion at SBDC’s AGM meeting tomorrow evening (May 16) – however campaigner Keith Edwards has called for councillors to refuse the item until a full consultation has taken place.

Mr Edwards believes the “slight design changes” made to the proposals will not address concerns regarding the size of the building and the impact it would have on the street scene.

In an email to councillors, seen by the Free Press, he said: “I look forward to your support in ensuring that the views of the constituents of Gerrards Cross are being listened to and to ensure that a better solution to the car parking needs of Gerrards Cross can be found, not the Monolithic Structure proposed.

“Gerrards Cross deserves better and, if we don’t get it right now, we will be left with the consequences for the next 50 plus years.”

The plans propose to extend the existing car park to four-and-a-half floors, providing an additional 328 parking spaces, as well as a lift, electric car charging points, secure points for motorbikes, bicycle racks, disabled spaces and trolley bays.

Cabinet member for environment at SBDC, Luisa Sullivan, said the appearance of the car park has been redesigned due to concerns it was out of keeping with its surroundings.

She said: “Two independent capacity studies have taken place in Gerrards Cross over the last three years so we know that there is an increasing demand for additional car parking in the town centre for shoppers, local businesses and residents.

“Residents will notice that the frontage of the car park has been redesigned following concerns about its original appearance.

“We have taken these comments on-board and have amended the appearance to be more sympathetic to its surroundings by adding further landscaping to soften the street scene.

“Laser cut metal panels with foliage designs have been added to the front to break-up the grey concrete and to make the building more visually interesting.”

Spokesman for SBDC, Connie Primmer, added that the plans must be submitted to the council in order for members of the public and stakeholders to formally comment on them.