A Greenwich office block has seen plans submitted to alter use to a hotel.
The application states in regards to the building at 40 Stockwell Street: “The existing office space is half full with tenants paying reduced rent, due to the current climate.
Going forward the space is not viable for office use, due to the increase of working from home.
Hotel use represents a more economical viable use of the building within an attractive tourist area.”
Seventeen rooms would be provided if conversion occurs.
The application uses the somewhat outdated planning policy EA5 relating to tourism which states:
The number of visitors staying overnight in Royal Greenwich is relatively low, principally due to a shortage of hotel space, particularly in Greenwich which has a concentration of high-profile tourist attractions.
The lack of ability to accommodate overnight stays is currently limiting the level of spend per visitor.”
In recent years a wide range of hotels have opened and others approved, including at the former Magistrates Court:
There’s also expansion plans at the Hilton:
Click here to view plans.