A building often dubbed one of the ugliest in Bromley borough could see some floors converted to create 57 flats under plans submitted to Bromley Council.

The Travelodge on Croydon Road in Penge (which the hotel chain call Crystal Palace) would see “Change of use of second to fifth floor and part sixth to eighth floor from Class B1(a) office to Class C3 dwellinghouses to form 57 units (29 one bedroom and 28 two bedroom units)”.

It does not impact upon Travelodge but uses other space within the building.

Rules abolished

Under Permitted Development Rights introduced in 2013 building conversions such as this plan do not require planning permission but merely informing the council of intentions and owners can avoid rules on minimum room and flat sizes. Developers also avoid having to pay the local authority costs to mitigate added pressure of new homes as due on new builds.

Developers can also avoid providing a minimum level of affordable homes.

Permitted development started with office to residential conversions and the current Government are now talking of extending to industrial units and retail.

The scheme has come in for criticism with extremely small flats created due to minimum space rules being abolished – and some former blocks becoming “dumping grounds” for councils who have a legal obligation to house certain people but no homes to do so.

This latest scheme follows previous applications on site which did not progress.

Click here to view “plans” – though as permitted development there is very little detail and unlike normal applications public co