The reasons for refusal are as follows:
1. The proposed development, by reason of its bulk, scale, design and close proximity of the buildings to adjoining residential properties, would represent an overdevelopment of the site and would be out of keeping with the street scene and visually detrimental to the amenities of the adjoining residential property at 1 Sevenoaks Road, the street scene in Sevenoaks Road and the locally listed Brockley Jack Public House, contrary to Policies 3.5, 7.1, 7.4, 7.5 & 7.6 in The London Plan (July 2011); Core Strategy Objective 10: Protect & Enhance Lewisham's Character, Spatial Policy 5: Areas of Stability and Managed Change & Core Strategy Policy 15: High Quality Design for Lewisham of the Local Development Framework - Core Strategy (June 2011) and saved policies URB 3 Urban Design, HSG 4 Residential Amenity, HSG 5 Layout and Design of New Residential
Development, HSG 8 Backland and Infill Development, HSG20 Locally Listed Buildings in the adopted Unitary Development Plan (2004).
2. By way of layout and design and overall floorsize of the one bedroom flats, the proposed development would provide inadequate living standards to the detriment of future residents, contrary to saved Policy 5: Layout and Design of new Residential Development of the Lewisham Unitary Development Plan (2004), Policy 3.5 of the London Plan 2011 and the Mayor of London's Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance (2011).