Plans to build a 12-storey tower in place of a former Maplin store on Bromley High Street have been rejected.

The Development Control committee blocked the development on 70 High St, which would have provided 47 flats and retail space.

First submitted in 2019, the initial application was for a 20-storey development, which was reduced following consultation.

The application received hundreds of objections, with many fearing the development would dominate the town centre and change the character of the area.

A range of local groups voiced their opposition, including Ravensbourne Valley Residents Association, Alexandra Resident’s Association and Bromley Civic Society.

Planning officers recommended approval of the application, taking account of the amendments made following consultation.

However, councillors moved to reject the application regardless on March 25.

The developer, Matterhorn Capital, can now return with a new application or appeal the decision.