Plans to revamp sheltered housing Bourne End have been met with contention by residents who are worried there is not enough parking for the proposed new flats.

Red Kite wants to redevelop Windrush House, in Blind Lane, to build 21 new one and two-bedroom apartments.

The community housing developer has proposed a total of 14 car parking spaces for the estate, which neighbours say does not meet the government’s recommended minimum.

Jeremy Downing, who lives in Blind Lane, wrote: “Providing just 12 useable parking spaces for 21 flats is unreasonable.

“According to the stats on your [Red Kite’s] website, the average number of cars per property in the local area is 1.6, yet you are proposing less than one parking space per flat.

“Blind lane is already plagued by people parking on the large grass verge running down the hill – either because there are too many cars for the houses in the road and also because of people parking here to go to work in local businesses or when going to the train station, and this will only exacerbate the situation.”

Paul Willows, who lives in Kennet Road, said: “I object to the conversion on the ground that insufficient parking is being allocated to this development.

“I live in Kennet Road and people are already parking on the greens as there is no spaces. This development will just add to the current parking issues the residents already encounter.

“The greens and green along the paths are tuning into mud baths.

“Looking at government parking recommendations, there should be 28 allocated parking places. I note the allocation for this development only has 14.”

Red Kite said in its design and access statement that there is “ample” on-street parking around the development as the surrounding houses all have driveways, writing: “The fact that the majority of the apartments provided within the proposals are single bedroom, and that there is insufficient space to provide off-street parking, it is suggested that the number of spaces provided is adequate for the type and size of this development.”

Windrush House was recently adapted to provide sheltered accommodation, with ten one-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom flats and three single bedsits.

The developer added: “The proposals…create a sustainable development providing much needed affordable housing in the High Wycombe area.”