A new restaurant and takeaway could set up shop in Marlow if plans are given the green light.

Sorbon Estates has submitted a planning application for a change of use at 7 Anglers Court, in Spittal Street, from a retail unit to a mixed retail/café and restaurant/hot food takeaway shop.

The site, which is believed to be the former Portuguese store Exquisite, is within the Marlow Conservation Area and the new restaurant will include hot and cold takeaway food.

According to the design and access statement, the establishment would be similar to the Mad Squirrel Brewery Shop in High Wycombe town centre which sells beer on tap and in bottles, as well as pizza which is cooked on site.

Sorbon Estates wrote: “This part of Spittal Street acts as a gateway into Marlow, which is undergoing regeneration improvements through the council’s planned works to the public realm, which seek to enhance the area as a whole and the setting of the conservation area.

“Whilst an unusual combination of a mixed use application, the principle of similar mixed use premises has been established and accepted by the council at the Mad Squirrel unit in Wycombe town centre.

“The fact that it is located in a different town does not change the fact that such mixed use units are considered acceptable, whilst retaining an A1 use that would otherwise be lost if it were to simply change to a restaurant or hot food takeaway.”

There are no proposed changes to the external appearance of the building and Sorbon Estates says it recognises the opening times will have to change to reflect the change of use, but does not believe there will be disruptive noise to other units or residential properties in the area.

And it says parking will not be a problem since customers will have access to “plenty of public car parks” within the area, adding: “It is not considered that this will have a detrimental impact on the area as a whole.

“The proposed use will be of benefit to this part of Marlow, and will still provide an active frontage to the parade of shops in the same way that it has done previously.

“The use will not impact on the neighbouring units or wider area.”

Marlow Town Council did not have any objections to the application, but the head of environmental services at Wycombe District Council said they objected to the plans, writing: “There no details given for kitchen extraction. The applicant should demonstrate that these will not cause a nuisance to existing and/or proposed residential premises in the vicinity of the premises.

“No development shall take place until details of the air ventilation, extraction and odour control systems have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.”

The reason for the condition was given as: “In the interests of air quality, noise from plant and kitchen extraction, as well as the amenity of nearby residents.”

A decision is expected to be made by August 13. The plans can be found on Wycombe District Council's planning portal.