Plans to build 91 homes on the site of a catering company in Chesham have been slammed as an “eyesore” by neighbours who fear more houses will add to traffic problems in the area.

Proposals have emerged to build the three blocks of flats in Preston Hill – where catering company to the stars, Global Infusion Group, and craft beer manufacturer, Haresfoot Brewery, are based.

However concerned neighbours fear the new homes will add more traffic to the already congested Nashleigh Hill and Preston Hill during rush hour – increasing the possibility of crashes.

The blocks have also been branded “far too large” for the area prompting fears the “insufficient” number of planned parking spaces will move congestion to other areas of town.

In a letter published on Chiltern District Council’s (CDC) online planning portal, Chesham resident, Emily Craddock, said: “Firstly the size of the development is far too large, and there is nothing in Chesham anywhere near that size.

“It will be completely out of place and an absolute eyesore for anyone entering Chesham.

"Is that the first thing we really want people seeing when they enter out beautiful town?”

Neighbour, Linda Chapman, also wrote to CDC “strongly opposing” the development, saying: “91 flats is much too many for the size of the plot and I am convinced there will be an overspill of parked cars into Preston Hill and adjacent roads which are all very narrow.

“The dustmen have a difficult time. The access onto Preston Hill could cause hold-ups and impede entry onto Nashleigh Hill which is always busy off the A41.

“I believe the local primary schools are already full to bursting without extra pupils from a development like this.”

Global Infusion Group, which has catered for big names like Lady Gaga and Take That, plans to move to another site in Aylesbury, while Haresfoot Brewery will look to relocate if proposals are given the green light.

Speaking on behalf of Woolbro Homes, Henry Lamprecht, said 100 per cent of the flats will be classed as “affordable” and the development would provide a “much needed housing injection” on brownfield land.

He added that the number of parking spaces on the site has already increased to 190 following feedback from residents, and the developers are working with the Bucks County Council highways team on ways to alleviate congestion on nearby roads.

He said: “It is a brownfield site with old units that have reached the end of their lives.

"We have got very limited options as to where we can build homes – so building here will take pressure off the Green Belt as well.

“We are still looking at options for the traffic, but we are in talks with the county council, and the local member, Mark Shaw, is also cabinet member for highways so we are looking at options, potentially another exit.

“We are consulting with people and we are trying to make the best of it.” To view the plans visit