A developer has been forced to defend itself after angry residents slammed plans to change “beautiful” windows on two of its shop fronts.

Furious residents criticised Sorbon Estates, which wants to change the ground floor windows of the Grade-II listed building that previously housed Winser London and Huttons of Marlow, with some saying the shop fronts were a “part of Marlow High Street’s history”.

Marlow Town Council also objected to the proposals, saying the changes were “not in keeping” with some other shops on the High Street, and that the current windows were a “part of the iconic street scene”.

Sorbon Estates MD Tamra Booth said: “Retaining the character and vibrancy of Marlow High Street is of huge importance to us at Sorbon Estates. We are very much long-term investors in the town.

“This is why we worked extensively with a heritage consultant to help develop a window design that is in keeping with the High Street, including curved glass, and why we are now seeking planning consent.

“Unfortunately the existing windows, which have been in place for 50 years and are not the originals, do not meet current retailer requirements.

“In order to ensure the high street is still a thriving part of Marlow in years to come and retains its appeal as a place to live, eat and shop, we have submitted designs to enable more open and visible window displays whilst retaining the character.”

“Consultation periods are very important to us and we always listen intently to the community to ensure the best outcome is achieved for all.”