Plans to bulldoze an empty building in Bromley for a new block of flats are in again.

Developer Sirca Ltd has proposed a four-storey apartment complex at a “neglected site” in Plaistow Road.

Sirca plans 10 flats, the majority of which would be two-bed, along with two three-bedroom and two one-bedroom.

The developer was rejected in November by the council for a similar scheme, and was knocked back by planning officers in 2012.

The council blocked the most recent attempt over concerns about the number of parking spaces included in the plan.

In 2012, the council rejected a larger scheme for a dozen apartments.


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At the time, officers said: “The proposal would harm the living conditions of occupiers of the adjacent property No. 90B Plaistow Lane by reason of overshadowing and overlooking.

“The key objection raised by the council and by the planning inspector was the impact of the proposed development on the amenities of the neighbouring occupiers; particularly the harmful overshadowing and overlooking from the rearward projecting element of the building.”

The site was previously owned and operated by the Riverside Group, a social housing provider, and was used as eight studio flats which provided move-on accommodation for homeless people.

Sirca said this plan, which features now features 10 parking spaces, addresses the parking concerns raised in its previous application.


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It said in its application: “The proposed development seeks to provide 10 high quality market residential units.

“The application follows a refusal on the site and the applicant has amended the scheme to ensure that the previous car parking concern has been overcome and that the development is consistent with the objectives of the new development plan.”