Plans have been submitted to build five new properties in Marlow.

The proposal has been put forward to build the new building on Low Grounds Farmyard, which lies at the end of Harleyford Lane, one-and-a-half miles west of the Thames-side town of Marlow.

The yard of the Farmyard consists of a large former grain store, a Dutch Barn, an iron clad barn that once served as a milking shed, a Portacabin that served as the yard office, and two workshops that were associated with the maintenance of the estate and the nearby golf course.


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Agricultural use ceased more than 10 years ago. The former grain store was last used as an estate storage facility; the workshop and green keeping facilities building was used until the completion of the new Green Keepers facility, repair workshops and offices building.

The five properties would be family homes, confined to locations currently occupied by the existing buildings.

All buildings are proposed as single story with hand made plain clay tiled pitched roofs, again designed to reduce visual impact, with natural light to upper floor rooms.

One consultant has expressed some concerns about the proposal, with Julian Smith saying: “Is It is not clear whether this proposal includes garden/landscaped areas.

“Due to the sites former agricultural use, there is a potential risk to future site users from land contamination, particularly from the use of fertilisers and pesticides. A watching brief is, therefore, recommended.

“In the event that contamination is found at any time when carrying out the approved development that was not previously identified, it must be reported in writing within seven days to the Local Planning Authority and once the Local Planning Authority has identified the part of the site affected by the unexpected contamination, development must be halted on that part of the site.”