Plans to concrete over green space in Belvedere for nearly 70 flats are set to be signed off by councillors next week.

Newhaven Construction plans to build 69 apartments on a vacant plot of land near Yarnton and Eastern Way.

The site is an area earmarked for major growth by the council, and developers said their plans would be a “positive contribution” to the area.

Experts at Bexley Council have now recommended the homes for approval, subject to councillors signing off the application at next week’s planning committee.

“The proposed scale makes best use of the available developable land. Subject to appearance and landscaping, the proposal could make a positive contribution to the locality, both visually and in terms of making efficient use of the site,” officers said in their report.

The proposals are for five and six-storey buildings, mainly two-bedroom homes and 56 car parking spaces.

The site – Norman Park – already has 402 homes, first approved back in 2007.

In its application, Newhaven Construction said: “The proposed scheme will provide housing to meet an identified need within the borough and the wider housing market area.

“It will also bring forward the development of an under-utilised site in a location appropriate for housing development.”

Belvedere features heavily in the council’s growth strategy, which outlines 31,500 homes and 17,000 jobs in the borough up to 2050.

The planning meeting will take place on January 24.