Plans to build a flat above a much-loved Marlow restaurant which closed its doors last year have been given the green light.

Sorbon Estates, which owns large swathes of the town’s High Street, will build a two-storey side and rear extension to create a ground floor retail extension, and a two-bedroom flat on the first floor, where fast-food chain Wimpy used to be.

The popular burger joint closed down at the end of last year, with bosses saying it was because of “escalating” rents in the town centre.

The building was listed for sale for the first time in 30 years, according to estate agents Savills and residents branded the closure "the end of an era".

The development was not proposed with any parking for the flat or the shop, with Sorbon Estates saying neither the existing flat at 64 High Street, nor the neighbouring two flats at 62 High Street have parking associated with their properties.

They wrote: “Therefore, the precedent for constructing or converting flats within the town centre of Marlow without private parking has been established through other applications due to the central location of the properties and their provisions to good transport networks.”

And they also wrote in the design and planning statement that the ground floor extension would have “no impact” on the neighbouring properties as it would not extend beyond their rear elevations.

Marlow Town Council objected to the plans saying it was “unable to assess the impact on adjoining amenities space”.