ASBESTOS testing could be coming to Beckenham High Street after a planning application was lodged to change a building’s usage.

Bromley Council has confirmed a submission has been received for a property on the road and is set for assessment.

A resident wrote in to the News Shopper with concerns that an asbestos testing plant may be constructed in a built-up and densely populated area.

The council said nothing has been decided and stated: "We can confirm that we have received a planning application for the refurbishment and extension of a property 182a High Street, Beckenham which includes a change of use.

"We will assess this application carefully and consider the planning merits before making our decision in the usual way.

"We note that the proposed business activity is one that would be monitored and enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which would ensure that health and safety regulations and guidelines are followed."

A council spokeswoman added the application was not for a plant that's sole setup was to work with the product, but there would be some testing on site.

She added it’s currently being considered and a committee is preparing to discuss the plans later this month.