Plans to extend upwards an office building for flats have sparked parking and privacy fears.

PNS High Wycombe Ltd has submitted to Bucks Council a planning application for Victoria House, 28-32 Desborough Street, High Wycombe.

Plans detail the ‘erection of a new single-storey mansard roof extension over the existing flat-roofed building to create six residential units comprising two studios, three one-bed and one two-bed units, with external alterations’.

Up to 36 bicycle bays are also proposed.

Bucks Free Press:

Victoria House

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But one objector on Shaftesbury Street is fearful of its impact on parking and their privacy.

“New residential units will lead to multiple deliveries during construction, as well as when new residents move in – and will likely lead to more accidents and damage to existing residents’ cars,” they said.

“There is also the issue of parking. Adding to this due to new residents will cause much difficulty and stress for the already existing residents, mainly due to a ‘first come first served’ basis of parking.”

They added: “Another issue is privacy. The windows look directly into our windows.”

Bucks Free Press:

The plans

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“The proposal will deliver six new residential units which will make a valuable contribution to Wycombe District Council’s housing targets,” a planning statement reads.

“Additional parking can be secured by planning condition if considered necessary by officers. The existing car parking on the site (seven bays to the rear and three to the front) will be retained for residential parking.”

It adds: “There will also not be a significant impact on surrounding properties with respect to daylight, sunlight and overshadowing.”

Another application to convert the building to 30 flats was approved in February.

The applicant is now awaiting a decision from Bucks Council.

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