Plans to incorporate holiday flats on upper floors of the Woolwich Equitable building have been approved.
The plan was for “change of use of 3rd and 4th floors from offices (Use Class B1) to 9-self contained holiday lets”.
Office use seemed optimistic. For many years attempts to entice business to use office space in Woolwich havn’t really worked.
My last post looked at plans in the 1960s and 1970s to create offices in Woolwich to rival areas such as Croydon. Major projects were lined up that saw large areas of Woolwich bulldozed. One such plan was for the area directly opposite Woolwich Equitable that is now General Gordon Square. Office blocks were planned alongside shops, a civic centre and library.
Maritime House – then called Churchill House – was another attempt to create a major office location away from central London.
They all pretty much failed – and attempts for far smaller office space provision have also met with limited success.
Long running battle
Numerous plans for the upper floors of Equitable House have been rebuffed over the years.
Approval was given for flats in 2015. Short term lets were then blocked.
The application also states that the third floor was in unauthorised D1 use. D1 usage is clinics, health centres, crèches, day nurseries, day centres, schools or places of worship.
D1 classification usage was eliminated on 1st September 2020.
Whether they will have much luck with holiday lets remains to be seen.