QUEEN’S HOTEL DECISIONS NEXT WEEK?

Decisions on two planning applications relating to the historic Queen’s hotel on Church Road are expected next week, News From Crystal Palace understands.

The Planning Inspectorate are currently considering two appeals against refusal of planning permission by Croydon council.

The first relates to a refusal by Croydon on October 19 2017:

17/02192/FUL 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 glazed link to part retained mews building, an extension from the southwestern facing elevation of the existing locally listed building, a single storey extension to the restaurant, subterranean accommodation, parking, a swimming pool and servicing space, to create a total of 530 hotel rooms and 170 vehicle parking spaces, the re-cladding of the 1970’s extension with ground floor canopy, provision of enhanced landscaping across the site including 3 coach parking spaces to the front, formation of a vehicle access and the adaption of existing entrance to the hotel.

Croydon council’s official minutes of the council’s planning committee which refused permission despite officers recommending approval state:

After consideration of the officer’s report, Cllr Chris Wright proposed and Cllr Wayne Trakas-Lawlor seconded REFUSAL, on the grounds of overdevelopment, massing, detrimental impact on the conservation area and impact of parking within the local area, and the Committee voted 6 in favour, 4 against, so planning permission was REFUSED for development.

A second application followed:

18/00831/FUL Queens Hotel, 122 Church Road, London, SE19 2UG The demolition of existing buildings to the centre and rear of the site and existing extensions to the roof; the construction of a new spine building, an extension to the south-west facing elevation of the existing locally listed building, a single storey extension to the restaurant and five subterranean levels which provide parking, hotel bedrooms, ancillary leisure facilities 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 5 coach parking spaces to the front and the adaptation of existing entrance to the hotel including the formation of a new access to facilitate one-way working within the hotel forecourt area.

On Thursday (June 21)2018 the council’s planning committee again went against planning officers’ recommendations and again refused a second application for the expansion of Queen’s Hotel in Upper Norwood.

The council’s official minutes state: Cllr Jason Perry considered  the amended scheme had not satisfactorily responded to the previous reasons for refusal scheme and proposed a motion for REFUSAL on similar grounds as the November 2017 refusal of planning permission; on the grounds of over development and over-intensification of use, due to size and massing; having a detrimental impact on the character of the area and detrimental to the amenities for adjoining occupiers and on grounds of insufficient on-site parking facilities for the size of hotel proposed. Councillor Roche seconded the motion.

Cllr Paul Scott proposed a motion for approval. Cllr Toni  Letts seconded the motion. The motion for refusal was put to the vote and was carried with six members voting in favour and four against. The motion for approval therefore fell.

Further reading: New plans for huge extension of Upper Norwood hotel drawn up after council refusal The first planning application was met with 250 objections Report by Sarah George, Croydon Advertiser January 8th 2018

Council decision to reject controversial Upper Norwood hotel expansion could cost £100,000

The latest application for Queen’s Hotel received 517 letters of support and 40 letters of objection. Report by Tara O’Conner Local Democracy Reporter June 25th 2018, updated July 2nd 2018

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