Planning approval for pub redevelopment to create a 31-bed hotel in Newham, London

hotel development in newham, london

Plainview Planning have secured planning consent for an innovative scheme to redevelop a dilapidated pub on brownfield land into a 3-star hotel, which will help improve the accommodation offer in Newham and serve London City Airport.

Changes to the scheme:

Our planning consultants had previously worked on this scheme, obtaining full permissions for a change of use application which sought to also alter and extend the pub to create a four storey, 31-bed hotel.

However, since obtaining the previous approval it had been identified that changes needed to be made to the existing plans, and that the parts of the building which were going to be retained could no longer be kept.

Our client was also keen to enlarge part of the building to enable better room sizes and circulation. The enlargement would also enable a more uniformed appearance, shape and cohesive design. The revised scheme therefore now required redevelopment of the site and a new planning application.

Making the best case for a brownfield site:

The application site was occupied by a former public house, which had been vacant for over 10 years.  The site was also located just 300m for the London City Airport Terminal building and the DLR station.  It was well situated with excellent public transport connections to London City.  The proposed hotel would offer a niche type of accommodation aimed at the short term stay market.

Our planning consultants demonstrated how the proposed revised scheme continued to respond positively to the planning requirements set out in the NPPF, the Newham Core Strategy (2012) and where relevant, the saved policies of Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

Our previous success with the change of use application, had already established that the principle of such a development on site was acceptable and that there would be no identifiable impact on local amenity.

Our planning consultants also used the revised application as an opportunity to remove the need for any of the pre-commencement conditions that had been attached to the previous permission.

The sustainable benefits of the proposed leisure development further strengthened the resubmission.  The scheme will regenerate a disused site, provide employment opportunities, support tourism and is well placed to benefit from strong public transport links.

The planning application was approved and permission was granted.

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