Proposals for a £6.2m restaurant development in the town centre of Bromley in Kent have been refused but a variation on the plans has not been ruled out.
Capital Shopping Centres, which owns the Glades mall in Bromley, had wanted to build five restaurants on the terrace next to the shopping centre, according to NewsShopper.co.uk.
But while the plans were rejected by Bromley Council's development control committee, they were also described as having some merit.
Committee member Councillor Anne Manning, who was against the planning application, said she would not rule out the idea of having one or two cafés in the area.
Chairman Councillor Peter Dean added: "The application clearly had merit particularly with regard to both improving the leisure activity in central Bromley and enhancing the local economy.
"However concerns were raised as development often needs to balance competing demands and make compromises in order to generate a positive outcome.
"Going forward we will assess any subsequent application on that basis in the hope that a positive outcome can be achieved."
A Capital Shopping Centres spokeswoman said the plans were well-supported by local people and that it was disappointed by the council's decision.
"We will take some time to consider our next steps but this decision will certainly delay an investment which was aimed at ensuring that Bromley remains a vital and vibrant town centre, with the creation of a fantastic new place for families to enjoy," she said.
The plan also included an electricity substation and the repositioning of the entrance to the Glades shopping centre.
By Janie Manzoori-Stamford
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