Sixteen new flats could be built above shops in Whitton High Street, with eight being reserved as affordable housing.

The flats, in 84 – 90 Whitton High Street, would be built above Tesco, Superdrug and Ultralux.

SEP Properties, who submitted the application, said the use of the upper floors for storage is now redundant.

Neighbour notification began on March 27, so far 11 object and two are neutral. The main concerns were over size of the development and a lack of parking.

Alex McFadyen, of Constance Road, said: “I would welcome more housing in Whitton, but it needs to come with appropriate provision of parking/access and consideration for the current residents.

“As it stands, this application will cause problems both for current residents and for the ones who end up living there.”

Sarah Whelan, of Amberside Drive, said: “This development will be intrusive for the residents near by with little to no privacy in their gardens. It will cause more parking issues.”

Joan Gibson, of Averly Avenue, said: “We need more housing built in Whitton so I would be happy with this with more parking and something done about access.”