PLANS for a £25m extension to The Glades shopping centre have been given the go-ahead by Bromley councillors.

The three-storey building, due to be built next year, will feature a major store and three new shop units.

The 38,000sq ft site is on the eastern side of Bromley High Street near to the shopping centre's south entrance.

It is hoped the development, which has been given approval by the council's planning sub-committee, will help revitalise this part of the town.

A spokesman for developer Capital Shopping Centres said: "The Glades is already a successful shopping centre which is fully integrated into the town centre.

"These new shops will add a lot more to the town as well as being able to access the mall to the shops."

The plans will also include an extension to the car park at levels three and four and a new toilet block at roof level.

Committee chairman Councillor John Ince said: "This proposal increases and improves the amount of retail floorspace in the town centre which will be accessible from The Glades and the High Street.

"The development will also enhance the character and appearance of this part of the conservation area and will add to the vitality and attractiveness of our most important shopping centre."