Greenwich councillors have thrown out a plan to turn a dental laboratory and the flats above on Bramshot Avenue into bedsits.
Applicant Andy Morton, of Hextable, Kent, had asked the council for permission to turn the Borough Crown and Bridge dental laboratory into two bedsits, and the two flats above into seven bedsits.
No objections from members of the public were received, but Charlton ward councillor Gary Parker asked for the issue to be dealt with by the Woolwich and Thamesmead planning committee.
Council officers recommended refusing the scheme, citing a loss of employment – the dental laboratory is still open – and “substandard living accommodation”.
“All proposed self-contained studio flats are significantly undersized, single aspect, do not provide sufficient private amenity space and insufficient information was provided to demonstrate the floor to ceiling height particularly for the loft unit. There are additional concerns regarding how privacy and outlook would be achieved for the ground floor unit.”
Councillors agreed with the officers, and the proposal was rejected at a meeting on 26 March.
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