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PUBLISHED: 11:38 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:45 25 August 2010

PLANS for a modern 62-bedroom budget hotel, restaurant, bar and apartments, have been branded an eyesore by concerned residents.

PLANS for a modern 62-bedroom budget hotel, restaurant, bar and apartments, have been branded an "eyesore" by concerned residents.

The fate of the Crossways Hotel site, at Fiveways junction, New Eltham, now used as a Burger King restaurant and offices, will be decided by Greenwich council planning bosses by April 21.

Proposals submitted on behalf of the site owner Bal Bains involve demolishing the existing building and putting up a four story hotel on Sidcup Road, and a block of nine flats behind it in Green Lane.

There will also be underground parking for sixty cars, cycle storage and landscaped gardens.

Kiri Harris, 26, from Southwood Road, New Eltham, said: "The plans are totally ill fitting with the area and the hotel would be a complete eyesore.

"The building of this hotel would not boost the community as it stands."

The mock-tudor former pub was built around 1920. After falling empty in the early 1990s the old public house was taken over by Burger King, which has used the building as a restaurant and for office space since.

According to the hotel plans, the new building will have a green roof covered in solar panels which will create electricity.

Following a consultation period, Greenwich council has so far received five formal objections to the development.

A statement submitted to Greenwich planning department by architects March Design states that "The site has been carefully assessed for air-quality, noise, day-lighting, landscape and sustainability. The design has been carefully managed to ensure that the appearance will achieve a striking and attractive addition to built environment at this prominent junction."

Mal McAleer, Principal Architect at March Design, said: "We held a full public consultation in February 2009 that was attended by 30-40 residents. The vast majority supported the change and liked the idea of new housing. We developed our final design from this consultation exercise.

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