A scheme for new flats in Sidcup has taken major steps forward, after council officers gave it their backing.

Plans for a four-storey block of flats and new homes in Hatherley Road are set to be approved next week.

Hatherley Investments has proposed a scheme for 10 new homes, mixed between one and two bed.

Officers at the council have recommended the plans to bulldoze a large detached property in place of the new homes to be green-lit next week.

The developers said the current building is in “some state of disrepair.”

Hatherley Investments said in its application: “The scheme has been devised to provide a modern form of development, making optimum use of this largely under-utilised site.

“The scheme would represent a marked visual improvement when measured against what has become a somewhat unprepossessing and dilapidated property.

“The proposal would provide for a good standard of living conditions for the development.”

Sidcup is an area earmarked for regeneration by the council, which in its growth strategy proposes a refurbished high street and boutique hotel alongside hundreds of new homes.

Officers said in their report: “As a previously developed site within the built up urban area, with access to the services and facilities within Sidcup town centre and a range of sustainable transport options in close proximity, it is considered that the principle of this residential development in this location is acceptable.”

Not everybody is happy with the plans, with nine neighbours writing to object to the council over parking, rubbish collection and losing a Victorian building.

The plans will be debated at a planning committee meeting on June 27.