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Councillors refuse to turn storage buildings into nearly a dozen flats in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 11:35 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:39 05 September 2017

Liddon Road in Bromley

Liddon Road in Bromley

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Plans had been earmarked for approval

Plans to convert two storage units into flats along a residential road were thrown out by planning councillors on Thursday.

The storage facilities at 53 Liddon Road face opposite a row of terraced housing and developers hoped to they could hold 11 apartments.

But Bromley council’s planning committee went against advice to approve the development, which would have housed one and two-bedroom flats, with 11 parking spaces outside.

The building is currently occupied by JS Office Environments, but the planning application came in from a third party.

The company’s managing director Chris Johnson confirmed it did not need the space, but refused to be drawn on whether the company was considering moving site.

Neighbours voiced concerns ahead of Thursday’s meeting, with one resident feeling the development would be “out of character with the area and detrimental to this character.”

A council spokesman explained: “The council refused the application because of concerns about the impact of the anticipated increase in parking that the over development would inevitably bring on roads where parking is already very limited.”

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