15 storey hotel plans updated – LAST CHANCE to tell them your concerns have NOT been addressed

Following the huge community response to the inappropriate plans for a 15 Storey Hotel on St George’s/ Oswin Street, the Developers have submitted an update to their plans. This included:

  • Admitting that they mislead planning officers in their application about the location of the development (to the developer’s benefit)
  • Confirming that the 15 storey hotel will worsen wind in the pocket park – with 20% of the areas tested unsuitable for sitting in winter 

Unsurprisingly, they have not addressed the main concerns raised by over 160 local residents:

  1. Inappropriate height and massing of the development – Height and massing is in contradiction of Southwark Planning Guidance for the West Square Character Area (where the site is located) as defined in the E&C SPD NOT ADDRESSED
  2. Significant loss of sunlight/ daylight – 170 family homes impacted, with 30 homes losing daylight beyond Southwark’s own planning guidelines, and not meeting BRE planning guidance NOT ADDRESSED
  3. Invasion of right to privacy – hotel rooms with views directly into bedrooms and living rooms, all less than 20m away NOT ADDRESSED
  4. Damage to the Elliott’s Row and West Square Conservation Area – The proposed 15 storey hotel is visible from street level along the whole of Elliott’s Row NOT ADDRESSED
  5. Adjacent pocket park adjoining the site will lose 15% space during construction and the wind modelling shows 20% areas tested will be unsuitable for sitting upon completion NOT ADDRESSED
  6. Dangerous impact on roads – no consideration of safety impact on roads, forcing traffic down narrow Hayles Street, Oswin Street and Brook Drive already plagued by dangerous pavement mounting NOT ADDRESSED
  7. Contradiction to Southwark’s climate emergency – the developer has confirmed the building will not meet Southwark’s own planning guidance for sustainability NOT ADDRESSED

URGENT: YOU HAVE TILL 11th May TO LET THE SOUTHWARK PLANNING KNOW YOU STILL OBJECT

Now is your last chance to raise these concerns with planning officers before they decide on the application.

It is vital to object using valid planning reasons or you will not be heard. Key reasons why the proposals are not considered suitable:

  • Go to Southwark’s Planning Website and search for application 21/AP/2838
  • Click the comments button
  • Add your details
  • Click “object”
  • Tick reasons: conflict with local plan, development too high, increase in traffic, loss of light, loss of privacy, out of keeping with the character of the area
  • Add your views in the text box below (suggestion below

Suggested text:

I am disappointed to see that the Developer has not addressed the valid planning concerns raised during their initial consultation within their recent plans.

This planning application should be rejected for the following reasons:

  1. Inappropriate height and massing of the development – Height and massing is in contradiction of Southwark Planning Guidance for the West Square Character Area (where the site is located) as defined in the E&C SPD 
  2. Significant loss of sunlight/ daylight – 170 family homes impacted, with 30 homes losing daylight beyond Southwark’s own planning guidelines, and not meeting BRE planning guidance
  3. Invasion of right to privacy – hotel rooms with views directly into bedrooms and living rooms, all less than 20m away
  4. Damage to the Elliott’s Row and West Square Conservation Area – The proposed 15 storey hotel is visible from street level along the whole of Elliott’s Row
  5. Adjacent pocket park adjoining the site, a key resource for children, will lose 15% space during construction and the wind modelling shows 20% areas tested will be unsuitable for sitting upon completion
  6. Dangerous impact on roads – no consideration of safety impact on roads, forcing traffic down narrow Hayles Street, Oswin Street and Brook Drive already plagued by dangerous pavement mounting 
  7. Contradiction to Southwark’s climate emergency – the developer has confirmed the building will not meet Southwark’s own planning guidance for sustainability

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