NEW APPLICATION FOR QUEENS HOTEL / NEW HOMES PLANS BEHIND WESTOW HILL PREMISES / LAMBETH SEEK VIEWS ON IMPROVING STREETS IN GIPSY HILL AREA

NEW APPLICATION FOR QUEENS HOTEL / NEW HOMES PLANS BEHIND WESTOW HILL PREMISES / LAMBETH SEEK VIEWS ON IMPROVING STREETS IN GIPSY HILL AREA

Campaigners opposing new plans to expand the historic Queens hotel on Church Road say the number of rooms will expand from 334 to 495 and increase the size of the current hotel by almost 50 per cent.

Consultants acting for owners Euro Hotels say the number of rooms will decrease from 530 to 495.

Campaigners say there is still a multi-storey basement car park which guests will be charged to use leading to on-street parking; there are still many underground or windowless rooms and huge dull blocks planned for the front and rear of the building do not respect the hotel’s heritage.

Deadline for objections is March 23rd.

A consultants report on behalf of the owners says planning permission was refused in October 2017 for the comprehensive redevelopment of the Queen’s Hotel. LB Croydon cited the following two reasons for refusal; a) The proposed development would represent an over-development of the site, with proposed extensions failing to preserve or enhance the character and appearance of the Church Road Conservation Area, contrary to Policy SP4.13 of the Croydon Local Plan Strategic Policies (April 2013), Saved Policy UC3 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (July 2006) and Policy 7.8 of the consolidated London Plan 2016; and b) The intensification of the hotel use associated with the proposed development in an area characterised by relatively low levels of public transport accessibility, would be accompanied by inadequate onsite parking facilities, placing additional pressures on on-street parking capacity in the immediate vicinity, detrimental to highway safety and the locality, contrary to SP8.17 of the Croydon Local Plan Strategic Policies (April 2013), Saved Policy T2 of the Croydon Replacement Unitary Development Plan (July 2006) and Policies 6.12 and 6.13 of the consolidated London Plan 2016.

In response to the council’s reason for refusal, the following changes have been made to the previous proposal: • A reduction in height and massing at the rear of the site; • A simpler approach to elevation treatments; • A decrease in the number of new hotel rooms proposed from 530 to 495; • An increase in the number of family rooms from 32 to 64; • An increase in onsite parking to 207 spaces (0.42 parking spaces per room compared to current ratio of 0.19 spaces per room); • Additional basement footprint to allow for an additional 37 parking spaces; • Modifications to forecourt to increase coach parking to five spaces compared to two existing spaces; and • A renewed commitment to retaining part of the Mews building.

“The current proposal has been developed through extensive consultation with members and officers at Croydon council. The current proposal builds on the input and comment from Historic England and other Statutory Consultees on the previous application. It should also be noted that the Council’s own Design Team, Historic England and the GLA did not consider the previous proposals to be an overdevelopment of the site or to have a negative impact on the Church Road Conservation Area.”

The latest application – 18/00831/FUL – is for the demolition of existing buildings to the centre and rear of the site and existing extensions to the roof, and the construction of a new spine building including a glazed link to part retain mews building, an extension from the southwestern facing elevation of the existing locally listed building, a single storey extension to the restaurant, five subterranean levels which provide parking, a swimming pool and servicing space, to create a total of 495 hotel rooms and 207 vehicle parking spaces, the re-cladding of the 1970’s extension, provision of enhanced landscaping across the site including five coach parking spaces to the front, and the adaption of existing entrance to the hotel. | Queens Hotel 122 Church Road London SE19 2UG

NEW HOMES PLANS BEHIND WESTOW HILL PREMISES

Plans to build three houses behind shops on Westow Hill have been submitted to Lambeth council for consideration.

17/06227/FUL | The application is for three dwelling houses with private amenity spaces including provision of six car parking spaces, bin and cycle stores plus landscaping and boundary treatment with access via Beardell Street.

Local campaigner Francis Bernstein told News From Crystal Palace: “A number of adjoining residents have objected and I can understand their concerns. “There looks to be a proposed 7.5m high side elevation of the new houses planned to be directly at the bottom of the garden of 18 Beardall Street ( and possibly worse given seeming levels difference)  and c. 5m blank wall to the rear of the new flats in Beardall Street.

“There are no windows on these elevations that are clear glazed  although the proposed balconies could cause overlooking issues for 16 and 18 Beardall Street unless they are screened.

“To get the housing in there is also excavation for a complete floor with retaining boundary walls on both the Beardall Street and the long pub garden on the other side plus the ends of the site abutting 16 Beardall Street’s garden and those of the properties on Westow Hill..

“So these gardens are not going to be that pleasant in daylight/sunlight terms but the new buildings are probably far enough away to avoid big impact on the residential accommodation itself.

“Then on the other hand it looks like a wasted opportunity in that other development sites are being constrained by this three-house proposal.”

A consultants report says the proposals consist in the construction of a three-storey detached dwelling, including a basement/lower ground level, and the construction of a four-storey pair of semi-detached dwellings, also including a basement/lower ground level. The properties will be accessed via an entrance drive located between No. 20/22 Beardell Street and No. 18 Beardell Street.

“The south boundary will adjoin the rear garden and terrace areas belonging to retail units located on Central Hill Road. (Westow Hill – Ed.)

“The west boundary will adjoin an existing scrap yard adjacent to a building belonging to Iceland.
“The east boundary will be shared with an existing car par to the rear of No. 20/22 Beardell
Street and rear garden areas of No. 18 and No. 16. “The north boundary will adjoin into the rear garden of No. 16 Beardell Street.”

17/06227/FUL | The application is for three dwelling houses with private amenity spaces including provision of six car parking spaces, bin and cycle stores plus landscaping and boundary treatment with access from Beardell Street.  | Land Rear Of 20 – 22 Beardell Street London SE19

LAMBETH SEEK VIEWS ON IMPROVING STREETS IN GIPSY HILL AREA

Lambeth council are asking people for their views on improving streets in the Gipsy Hill area.

Residents are being asked to fill in an online survey on the council’s Love Lambeth website.*

A statement on the council’s website says the main focus is on: speed limits and traffic calming;  parking and loading arrangements; crossing points; car clubs;
cycling facilities; plus more…

“But we encourage residents to raise wider concerns.”

If you want to find out some more information we will be holding a drop-in session where you can fill in a survey, take a look, meet the team and ask any questions. Please see time and location details below.

Date: Saturday 24 March

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Location: Leadership Suite  Kingswood Primary School 188 Gipsy Road SE27 9RD

*Making your neighbourhood a better place to live 14 March 2018  (Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website)

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