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New 42-room hotel plan for Woolwich at demolished shop site

A plan to construct a hotel has been submitted on a former shop site near Woolwich Arsenal station.

This is the latest plan submitted by landowners. In April 2018 Gold Compass Developments sought to build a housing block. That was revised in July of the same year. Plans were approved in September 2018.

Hotel plans

This new plan drops the idea of flats and proposes a hotel. Landowners demolished the Victorian shop on site in recent months.

Now gone. Courtesy @Sarkies_Proxy

The site is a tricky one for Greenwich Council. A delayed plan to move Waterfront leisure centre to a site beside General Gordon Square impacts upon prior plans for a holistic approach.

Area plan taken from council report

The authority do not own this plot but others around as shown above – and an outline plan for a new leisure centre, homes and shops that was due to be consulted upon which included the site.

Now events have moved on. Approval has been given for a standalone block and the former shop is gone.

The proposed hotel takes some design influence from a locally-listed telephone exchange.

Housing plans on site now being revised

The building is architecturally more interesting than the basic structure proposed previously.

Hotels bring a greater amount of Community Infrastructure Levy income to the council at £100 per square metre compared to £70 for residential (the £40 rate applies to areas to the east):

However, hotel rooms do not bring in money from central Government via the New Homes Bonus scheme.

Click here to view plans.

The News Shopper often puts up rather similar articles to mine shortly after I do. Sometimes hours and sometimes days. They probably will with this after now being alerted to it and after I’ve read through the planning documents.

In addition, their stories are often rehashed press releases without context.

Spray Street plans

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1 Comment

  1. Charles Calthrop

    I stopped reading the News Shopper many years ago and had no idea they still had anything remotely useful to say. Now it appears that they just lift it from you. Who can we petition to get you public funds?

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