Residents have slammed plans to redevelop a tennis club in Gerrards Cross to build two new houses, an arched hall and four new courts.

Gerrards Cross Lawn Tennis Club, in Bull Lane, has submitted plans to demolish the six existing tennis courts and build the new facilities, which will also include renovation of the existing pavilion.

Developers say the proposals will provide updated tennis court facilities alongside a “modernised” pavilion and a covered veranda.

Writing in the design and access statement, they said: “The two new houses will address local demand while providing the club with the majority of the funding they require to enhance their provisions.

“Planning permission and the same the associated land for the two new houses is expected to generate a development fund of £1.2 million.

“The full £1.2 million will be reinvested in the club through the delivery of the proposed alterations to the rest of the site.”

Objecting to the plans Carol Challen, from the Gerrards Cross Bowling Club, wrote: “As a member of the GX bowling club, I am shocked at even the thought of such an awful construction being proposed by the tennis club.

“It would be out of complete character with the neighbourhood and the size is overbearing.

“The green at the bowling club, which we have worked on for many years and take great pride in, will be damaged from reduced light and being shaded by the construction. All this will badly affect our club.”

Speaking about the domed hall, Chalfont St Peter Parish Council’s planning committee said: “Although good to see investment in a sports club, the dome is too big and intrusive.

“It will block light from those houses closest to it and be imposing on the surrounding area. It is out of keeping with the area.”

But developers said “careful consideration” had been given to the design and appearance of the arched hall, which they say will “blend into its surroundings while providing sheltered play for the club”.

They wrote: “The arched hall court and refurbished clubhouse will seek to generate additional revenue, helping to protect the future of the club and ensuring that it remains financially self-sufficient.”