Plans to knock down a nightclub in Bexleyheath and replace it with flats and a restaurant have been submitted to Bexley Council - but the club insists it is business as usual.

DHA planning has applied for permission to replace Nyne Bar in Bexleyheath Broadway with a four-storey building including a restaurant and 10 apartments.

The potential new block would have two studio apartments, two one-bedroom apartments and six two-bedroom apartments.

Developers say their plans would contribute towards the local housing needs and stay in line with character of the surrounding area.

Nyne Bar is open until midnight on a Thursday and a Sunday, and until 1am on a Friday and a Saturday.

The bar is for customers aged 21 and over, and was previously a snooker bar.

It is understood that Nyne has a long lease so the application would not neccesarily affect it. Nyne said it believed the application was "speculative" and that it has no intention of closing soon. 

Nyne told News Shopper: "We have an extensive lease in place which means as a business it doesn’t affect us.

"The land had permission historically for flats and our understanding is that it’s a renewal of that.

"It’s business as usual for Nyne giving people amazing nights out."

Nyne recieved extensive praise earlier this year for hosting exclusive nights out for people with learning difficulties. 

In its application, the developers outlined plans to "maximise the active frontage of Broadway to create a lively and vibrant facility at ground level which is welcoming to the building users and also gives a good idea of what is going on inside the building".

In planning documents, it is suggested there would be an increase in full-time jobs in the new restaurant, with 15 full- time staff being proposed.

The application is with a council case officer and nothing has been approved. 

DHA planning has been approached for further comment.