Contentious plans to bulldoze a pair of bungalows in Bexleyheath and build a block of flats are set to be backed by Bexley Council.

Tranquil Homes proposed the new housing scheme for Brampton Road last year.

The developer plans to demolish two semi-detached bungalows to build a three-storey block of 10 flats.

The majority of the flats would be two bedroom, and the developer has included seven parking spaces in the scheme.

Planning officers at Bexley Council have now thrown their weight behind the scheme, recommending councillors approve them at a planning committee next week.

Officers said in a new report: “The proposed works would not have a harmful impact on the character and appearance of the area, on neighbouring amenity or on highway safety. The scheme would also provide appropriate living conditions for the occupiers.”

Neighbours are not so keen on the proposals with a petition being organised against the development.

Residents say there will be insufficient parking and the new flats would overlook the garden and play area of Bright Horizons Nursery which is nearby.

The Bexley Civic Society has also objected to the scheme, along with 13 nearby neighbours.

The developer said in its planning statement: “The proposal has been carefully designed to ensure that it will provide the highest standard of residential accommodation for future occupiers.

“In addition, the design is sensitive to the neighbouring locally listed nursery and will be respectful to this building’s setting, enhancing views towards it from the public realm.”

The proposed block of flats would be nearby to a listed building which houses the nursery Bright Horizons.

No affordable homes have been proposed by the developer has offered to pay £70k to the council in-lieu.