Here’s one I’ve been meaning to post for a while. At a planning meeting on 6th November Greenwich Council’s Planning Board rejected a Travelodge hotel tower near the Blackwall Tunnel approach.
The decision went against Officer’s recommendation of approval. Reasons given were “poor quality design fails to incorporate the highest standards
of architecture required to justify a tall building in this prominent location and to ensure development makes a positive relationship between the proposed and existing urban context”.
The latter reason is a bit odd. The development will give hundreds of thousands of pounds to Greenwich Council yet they decided to allocate the vast bulk to their job agency GLLaB (£263,800) versus just £50k for the street the building was facing, and just £10k improving public realm between the site and North Greenwich station.
Complaining that it doesn’t make “a positive relationship between the proposed and existing urban context” when they’ve decided not to spend money on doing so may be tricky to uphold at appeal.