Plans for a 16-storey tower in place of a former Maplin store on Bromley High Street have been submitted just months after similar proposals were rejected.

The council’s development control committee blocked a previous development planned for 66-70 High St in March, which would have provided 47 flats and retail space.

Matterhorn Capital has now returned with plans for a part-16, part-13-storey tower, comprising 68 flats of varying size, submitting an application earlier this month.

The building would house eight studios, 29 one-bed flats, 26 two-bed flats and five three-bed flats.

News Shopper: An artist's impression of how the development could look (Assael Architecture)An artist's impression of how the development could look (Assael Architecture)

The ground, first and second floors would be taken up by 559 sqm retail space, accessible from the High Street.

The application has already received more than 100 objections, with residents expressing concerns about the historic character of the area.

The planning statement argues that the predominance of low-rise buildings is “at odds with general best practise principles of urban design for the densifying high streets, whereby taller elements are located on the street itself and not along secondary routes.”

It is claimed that the building’s height is in line with the height of other surrounding proposals such as Churchill Gardens, and recently completed buildings such as St Mark’s Square, as well as the Churchill Theatre.

Bromley Town’s Conservative councillors have already expressed their opposition to the proposals “on the grounds of its design and height”.

A spokesperson said: “We have heard today that a new application for a much higher, bulkier and uglier block has been submitted by the same applicant on the same site.

“It's hugely disappointing that the applicant has chosen not to take on board any of our feedback while coming up with this new proposal and we will be strongly opposing.

“There are a number of developments in the town centre that demonstrate you can build quality housing without destroying the feel of our historic town centre - but this is not one.”

The same concerns are reflected in objections to the planning application.

Mrs Estela Campbell-Brown wrote: “The increase of high-rise buildings in Bromley Town centre has recently been in abundance.

“One of the main reasons for moving to Bromley is the facility-based town centre. We need more facilities not more homes built in such a small area of space.

“Not only will this increase traffic flow around this pedestrian area but aesthetically will make the town centre an eye sore.”

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