Buckinghamshire Council deals with thousands of planning applications every year.

We have picked out the most interesting ones that were submitted last week.

1. Refurbishment of Queens Hall, Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe - 20/06145/FUL

Bucks Free Press:

RGS has some stunning historic buildings but the one that is most obvious from Amersham Road is Queens Hall.

Queens Hall was built in 1960 and its name commemorates a visit by Queen Elizabeth II in 1962.

If these plans are given the go-ahead, Queens Hall will be refurbished with the addition of a canopy at the front in a bid to make "better use" of the building.

The windows will also be replaced, with the windows at the back of the building improved so the historic courtyard can be seen better, and a first-floor walkway built.

The aim of the building refresh is not to increase pupil numbers, just make better use of it for existing students.

2. Commemorative sculpture, memorial garden, Windsor End, Beaconsfield - PL/20/1299/SA

Bucks Free Press:

The sculpture will consist of a wartime rifle with an array of poppies - commemorating the existence of the munitions factory that existed in London End from 1917.

The poppies are an enduring symbol of remembrance.

The sculpture will be based on a pedestal and will be around 1.75m tall - generally about eye-level.

There will also be a plaque, but wording will need to be agreed.

The land is common land and forms part of the Hall Barn Estate, but Lord of the Manor Jenefer Farncombe says she has no objection to the sculpture, which will be designed by Varvara Neiman.

3. Change of use of land for two gypsy/traveller pitches, The Burrows, Lodge Lane, Little Chalfont - PL/20/1771/FA

Bucks Free Press:

Plans put forward by applicants named as Mr and Mrs Walley - who would be the proposed occupants of the pitches - could see a change of use of land adjacent to Lodge Lane.

The change of use would provide space for two gypsy/traveller pitches comprising the siting of two mobile homes, two touring caravans and the erection of two dayrooms.

A cesspit would be installed on the site to deal with foul drainage.

The site is within the Green Belt and the Chilterns AONB and is surrounded by open fields and is screened by mature trees and hedges.

Access to the site is from an existing track that leads onto Lodge Lane.

Planning documents say Mr and Mrs Walley have many children in their family and are in a "dire position to be forced to lead a purely roadside existence".

4. Conversion of a warehouse into a mixed-use unit including retail space and four flats at Chesham Valeting, 229 Berkhampstead Road, Chesham - PL/20/1794/FA

Bucks Free Press:

The 1960s building used to be a car showroom and is now a hand car-wash.

Applicants now want to covert the current building to provide four self-contained flats on a mezzanine-type upper floor with shops on the ground floor.

The applicant has another site in Chesham where the current business could move, so there would be no loss of employment.

5. Demolition of 53 and 55 Gregories Road and erection of two detached buildings with 10 apartments and basement parking - PL/20/1829/FA

Bucks Free Press:

Permission was given in February this year for the applicant to build two detached houses on the site, but because of the "seismic" changes that have taken place as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, now feels the best course of action is apartments rather than two large family houses because there is more demand for flats.

The plans say the fabric of the buildings that have already been approved will not change very much to accommodate the flats.

There would be basement parking for 20 cars plus cycle stores, a plant room and a lower areafor unit seven.