PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
A key part of our work is to review major planning and development proposals in the area to ensure neighbours are alerted, and that proposals meet the aims of the Neighbourhood Plan and are respectful of the neighbourhood around them. This area is scheduled for several major developments. Scroll down to see what is proposed and how we have responded. Click on the title of a development to see the developer's own website if there is one.
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To see SoWN's submission on the Government's 2020 White Paper on reform of the planning system, click here.
The SoWN Planning sub-group meets regularly (via Zoom), usually on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. for around an hour. If you are interested in taking part and contributing your thoughts on planning issues, please contact us.
Developer: Wolfe; & Stanhope Properties
Status: At Planning Cttee
SoWN looked at environmental aspects of the proposal, and made comments about treatment of East face, detailing of which has since been slightly amended. We also stressed critical importance of local consultation particularly about construction phase and traffic.
Developer: PPH Group
Status: Local Consultation
PPHE Hotel Group are proposing to transform this site into a new multi-purpose development. Alongside the ’compact lifestyle’ hotel, there will be two storeys of office space, including affordable workspace, a multi-zonal bar, cafe and flexible co-working space with an improved offer for the local community on the ground floor.
It is positive to see proposals being brought forward for this long empty site, which will help complete this part of the urban scene, which has for so long felt unfinished.
SoWN are interested to see more detail about the environmental benefits that the building could bring and how the ground floor and office functions can help support the local community. We are, however, concerned at the scale of the building, relative to its surroundings.
MARLIN HOTELS, 89-95 WESTMINSTER BRIDGE ROAD
Developer: Marlin Hotels
Status: Pre-Application consultation
The proposed development is for mixed use comprising 20 boutique hotel rooms and six residential units alongside supporting ancillary spaces, including a wine bar/restaurant.
The building, which is currently occupied by Natwest bank, is a locally listed late Victorian block constructed in 1894 and has a very elegant façade. The proposal aims to ensure that all existing building restoration and new build proposals are sympathetic to the special character of the Lower Marsh Conservation Area, respecting the existing streetscape and the existing roofscape.
SoWN welcome the restoration of this important building and the provision of active frontages to Westminster Bridge Road. However, we made clear our serious concerns about the loss of the last remaining bank in the Neighbourhood. We were told this was justified on commercial grounds.
WATERLOO ESTATE, WATERLOO ROAD
Developer: Bourne Capital
Status: Pre-Application Consultation
SoWN expects to be invited to comment, but this has not yet been organised.
WOOTTON STREET HOUSING
Developer: Homes for Lambeth
Status: Pre-Aplicagion consultation
SoWN has informally expressed concern about potential impact on light and overlooking for neighbouring residents, and about construction disruption, particularly if at same time as OCCC Estate construction.
GUYS & ST THOMAS SAIL BUILDING
This new temporary building will deliver a temporary re-provision of the existing Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) facility on a grassed area located between the Albert Embankment and theNorth Wing of the hospital.
The need to temporarily relocate the SaIL facility was considered essential to support both the existing hospital services and those as part of the ongoing future modernisation programme of the campus.
Although SoWN strongly supports GSTT and the need for this provision, we were disappointed that the only feasible solution for the siting of the building has resulted in the loss of some open space. We also felt the design quality could have been higher. But GSTT have stressed the temporary nature of the building and the very positive installation of a new wellbeing garden on the adjacent site.
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