Plans to demolish a former Sidcup swimming centre have been lodged with the council as developers seek to build 27 new homes.

Lamorbey Swim Centre, situated in Station Road, has sat abandoned since 2008 but developers Montreaux Ltd are now hoping to knock down the existing facility to construct 27 new flats of varying sizes, along with a 1,239 sqm at ground level.

Undercroft parking has also been proposed as part of the plans, along with an outdoor communal space for residents to use.

According to planning documents, the five storey development will provide three one-bedroom flats; 20 two-bedroom flats; and four three-bedroom flats for the area.

Under Bexley Council's regulation, nine of these 27 new apartments would need to be affordable rented units.

An attached planning statement notes that Montreaux Ltd had sought to instead make a cash contribution which can be accepted as an alternative method to provide affordable housing.

However, the submitted documents also note that council officers failed to respond to this query before the application was submitted, stating that: " Officers confirmed they will follow up with confirmation if a financial contribution can be made as an alternative

to providing affordable units on Site; however, no formal pre-application comments have been received to date from LBB."

A decision has yet to be reached on this proposal and currently sits with a council case officer.