Plans have been submitted for a 49-room HMO at the Antigallican pub in Charlton.
A company named Dandi are behind the proposal. A bar would be retained with an extension built to accommodate many of the rooms. Others would be on existing upper floors. Up to 16 people would share a single kitchen under the plan. Room sizes are not included in the application.
Placing so many people in an area with little communal space again highlights the flaw of “many people now want to work from home”.
The application’s marketing guff states:
“What we seek now is convenience and amenities on our doorstep, in exchange for a smaller private space, combined with community that can provide the physical, human connections modern living often sacrifices in favour of increasing digital and virtual connectivity. Gallican Investments Limited strive to create and set new standards for urban living”.
The site currently has approval for hotel usage and a previous application for extending the building in 2018 was approved. Before that an application for eight flats was approved in 2017.
Of course having little communal space to cook – for example – is less of an issue in a hotel or even student accommodation where any stay is limited. A permanent home is a different proposition. There’s issues of physical and mental health. A place to cook healthy meals regularly? Rooms have a small kitchenette but some facilities are limited to communal kitchens.
In terms of additional parking pressure, the application notes existing yellow lines outside and states no impact.
This is the latest application to convert a pub or social club into a mass HMO. Last year plans were submitted for a HMO with 49 rooms at the former Conservative Club in Charlton. That was scrapped in October 2020.
Last week I covered plans for a 12-room HMO at a former pub on Plumstead High Street.
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