“Ambitious” plans to replace an “isolated” hostel miles outside of High Wycombe with a new modular building on the site of a town centre car park will go before residents next week.

The Bucks Free Press revealed last year that Saunderton Lodge, a hostel providing temporary accommodation to vulnerable people in need, could be shut down and instead a bigger unit could be placed on the Desborough Road car park – but the proposals would still be subject to a planning application.

Residents will be able to find out more about the plans at a public consultation at Wycombe Arts Centre in Desborough Road - next door to the planned new hostel location - on October 18.

Despite concerns about where cars will park if the hostel is moved, the district council has insisted it will reprovide all the car parking spaces around the corner in Baker Street.

The public event, which will run from 1pm to 8pm, will help shape the council’s official planning application for the new scheme.

A spokesman for the district council said: “Our current temporary accommodation is in a remote rural location in an old building. We have a shortage of places to meet the need for our help but we can’t expand our current building.

“We are working on proposals to build new temporary accommodation on council owned land in the Desborough area. This will bring people closer to the local services they need including transport facilities, council offices, GP surgeries, parks, faith centres and schools as well as other support services.”

The consultation will run until October 31 - to share your views, email new.temporary.accommodation@wycombe.gov.uk or write to the council.