A planning application for 28 flats and homes in Sydenham Road has been approved, despite concerns from objectors over its height and density.

The Peabody development, on the former O’Rourke Construction site, will see two blocks of homes between two and three storeys high.

The first block will have 16 one, two and three-bed flats and a two-bedroom maisonette with first-floor commercial floorspace.

The second will have 10 three-bedroom houses, one single-bedroom flat and a two-bed, self-contained maisonette.

Four of the homes will be let at affordable rent levels, and four will be shared ownership homes.

Current Lewisham Council planning policy requires 50 per cent affordable housing for all developments – unless developers can show through a financial viability report that they can’t afford it.

After an application on the site was refused in 2016 due to concerns which included the height of the development and its visual harm, residents were still concerned about the size of the revised plan.

Speaking to Lewisham Council’s planning committee, a representative of the objectors said the issues included loss of light, privacy, noise and density.

“It’ll be very overbearing,” she said.

“Also it’s very hard to park in this area. There is not enough parking spaces in the site and with more accommodation being built it will make parking even more difficult.”

The plans included 14 parking bays which a Lewisham Council officer said was enough.

He said the council would be able to make a viability review of the development to see if further affordable housing could be provided once the developers made enough profit on the scheme.

Peabody will pay £108,000 in community infrastructure levy, to support infrastructure around the development, as well as £61,500 in funding for loss of employment space.