Eltham hotel plan submitted near listed Orangery

Eltham could see a new hotel near the High Street under plans submitted to Greenwich Council.

Alongside 61 rooms would be seven flats and ground floor commercial space.

The site has seen prior plans come and go, sitting to the south of Orangery Lane and near to Grade II* Listed building The Orangery.

Former proposal

Prior plans to develop the site were rejected with the site then being placed for sale in 2020.

Revised plans are certainly unusual, and if we’re honest, unlikely to be built like this if approved.

Design revisions of current proposal

I’d fully expect some post-approval revisions when attention is elsewhere to simplify the design. Or in the parlance of the time, “value-engineering”.

Hopefully not mind, as it looks great and a breath of fresh air.

Public space

Public realm improvements are mentioned, with the design and Access Statement claiming:

“The proposals include extensive public realm improvements, greatly enhancing the connection between Merlewood Place and Orangery Lane.

The proposal looks to open the pathway up creating a visible link to the Grade 2* Orangery whilst providing a separation between the new building and the approved scheme at 20 Orangery Lane.

New planting, entrances, lighting will improve the security, feel and openess (sic) of Merlewood Place.”

Listed Orangery

Eltham rail station provides the closest link into central London for hotel guests and is 400 metres away.

Hotel guests would also provide an economic boost to local shops, pubs and restaurants.

Plans can be viewed here.


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I've lived in south east London most of my life growing up in Greenwich borough and working in the area for many years. The site has contributors on occasion and we cover many different topics. Living and working in the area offers an insight into what is happening locally.

One thought on “Eltham hotel plan submitted near listed Orangery

  • Agree John, could have done with some of thease designs along the river instead of current boring builds on prime land. And with the prospect of value engineering, why can’t planning be approved subject to penalties for such changes , and substantiasl ones?


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