A busy village community hall could be expanded to turn part of the building into a heritage centre if new plans are given the go-ahead.

Tylers Green Village Hall wants to build a single storey side extension so it can be used as a centre where “historical reference material” can be stored and research can be carried out.

Since major investment from a lottery grant, the hall, on Church Road East, has become incredibly popular with different events, groups and meetings.

But a nearby neighbour is concerned that an extension to the building could invade their privacy.

“Strongly objecting” to the plans, Andrew Hall, who lives in nearby Bank Road, said his home faces the rear – and very rarely used – access to the village hall, which would likely become a daily-used entrance if the new building work gets underway.

He said: “The mass of the proposed extension is much increased and I feel it could be claustrophobic when considering how close it is to our property. I also question how much light it would take, especially in the afternoons and evenings during the summer months.

“Whilst we appreciate that living next door to a village hall has some consequences, especially very loud music at the multiple and late events that don’t always finish by 11pm, we do not want to be inconvenienced any further.”

Richard Clark Charted Architects said the plans would repurpose existing changing rooms that are currently under-used, while using “modern material in a sympathetic way” to respect the character of the Conservation Area the hall sits in.

The plans say: “It is planned to have a part-time member of staff who can advise and manage historical artefacts. Visitors will be welcome by appointment due to the low footfall, therefore having minimal input on nearby residential amenities.”

To view the full plans, go to www.wycombe.gov.uk and use planning reference 19/07306/FUL.