Plans to create 237 homes right in the centre of Lewisham have been submitted.

Developers are hoping to transform Lewisham House - which sits next to the car park for Lewisham Shopping Centre - from offices into flats.

The 20-storey building was previously home to work offices with international investment bank Citi using the premises before moving to Canary Wharf.

Two years ago a similar application was sent to Lewisham Council for the site on on 25 Molesworth House.

However, work was never started and a new application has now been sent.

If accepted, the 237 new homes would consist of 57 studio apartments, 146 one-bedroomed apartments and 34 two-bedroomed apartments.

Lewisham House would be a 'car free' zone if it is converted into flats. Homeowners would not have access to parking spaces and they will be denied permission in obtaining a permit.

A statement on the planning application reads: "Adopting a ‘car free’ development approach represents a substantial reduction in adverse impact on highway congestion, air quality and accidents and safety compared to a development that is reliant on travel by private car."

Lewisham Shopping Centre's car park has 850 parking spaces and is open seven days a week. It costs £6 per day with weekend charges set at £1 for one hour stays.

A seven minute walk from the shopping centre will take you to the entrance of Lewisham House.

There are 25 bus routes nearby to planned flat block.

Lewisham rail station and Docklands Light Rail is less than 150 metres away with Lewisham High Street under 100 metres from the site.

Peter Brett Associates is the independent engineering company working on the proposed project.