It’s turning into an avalanche of new plans for Greenwich Peninsula. Another week and another big new development is proposed and this time its a 300-room hotel in a 14-storey block on Boord Street.
There will be 61 car parking spaces. Only the hotel manager gets a place with all staff expected to walk or use public transport.
It’s a pretty unwelcoming environment. The Blackwall Tunnel approach is to one side with numerous industrial sites the other.
The initial plan was 20-storeys and looked like this:
For some reason this was reduced to 15 and appears stumpier as a result. It’s not a conservation area so why limit heights in an area like this?
It can’t be for pollution reasons. You’ll get that whether at the 15th or 20th floor.
The public realm is very poor between the site and north Greenwich tube station. Lots of the usual clutter and guardrail installed at high cost that serves little purpose. This is the junction of Boord Street.
Hotels bring in more Community Infrastructure Levy funding than housing. At this site it’s £100 per square metre verses £70 for residential developments.
Given the substantial size of this block CIL income will probably be at least £1 million and there’ll probably be substantial Section 106 income as well.
Given this large income, we once again see that there is ample scope to improve the local area.
I’ve previously looked at how Section 106 income has NOT benefited the local area.
The site is also close to the gasholder that currently has an application to demolish. The application states that demolition would be needed to proceed. It doesn’t consider the option of cleaning up the gasholder whilst allowing it to be retained and used for alternative purposes as seen across the world.
The planning reference is 18/0452/F
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