A Tesco Express in Beckenham could soon welcome new neighbours after an application was submitted to construct a four-storey block of flats.

The building that currently sits on 309-311 Beckenham Road would firstly need to be demolished.

Six flats containing two bedrooms would be located on ground, first and roof levels of the proposed new block.

A retail shop, currently Hemming Fishing Tackle, would continue to function once a new facility was built.

Two separate buildings, connected by a central glass stair core, would be constructed as part of the development.

The planning application addressed why the original building would be knocked down.

A statement said: "The building is of a tired appearance and makes no important or positive contribution to the street scene.

"The existing tenant’s lease is due shortly to expire and as such the opportunity has come about to investigate the site’s development potential."

Last year a similar application was withdrew to allow for pre-application discussions.

An application conclusion stated: "The principle of developing the application site for a mixed use development comprising retail and residential elements should be supported.

"The scheme will deliver an appropriately-sized retail unit together with six flats.

"This represents the optimal use of the site, providing a commercial space for which there is a local demand and well designed, generous flats with private outside amenity spaces."

Some bedroom windows of the flat block would face towards the Tesco Express carpark.