Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Land to the West of the O2 (Known as Plot NO301, Greenwich Peninsula)

To grant internal and external alterations as Minor Material Amendments and Variation of Condition 1 (Approved Plans) and Condition 59 (Serviced Apartments) of Planning Permission, dated 30.3.2012 (Ref: 10/0140/F) for the development of a 21-storey, 452 bedroom hotel and 23-storey building with 100 serviced residential apartments.

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That permission be granted for internal and external alterations as Minor Material Amendments and Variation of Condition 1 (Approved Plans) and Condition 59 (Serviced Apartments) of Planning Permission, dated 30.3.2012 (Ref: 10/0140/F) for the development of a 21-storey, 452 bedroom hotel and 23-storey building with 100 serviced residential apartments, subject to:

 

·                   The satisfactory completion of a Supplemental Section 106 legal agreement;

·                   The issuing of a new planning permission in respect of Ref: 10/0140/F for the development of a 21-storey, 452 hotel with ancillary accommodation including health spa, ballroom, special events space and meeting facilities, plus a 23-storey building  with 100 serviced residential apartments, together with associated under croft parking, servicing and landscaping.

·                   Conditions set out in Section 3.5 of the report.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Roberts declared a personal interest, advising that he periodically receives briefings on progress in relation to this Item.  Councillor Roberts left the room and did not take part in the discussions or vote on the proposal.

 

The Principal Planning Officer gave an illustrative presentation to the report, recommending to the Board to approve arrangements for Minor Material Amendments under S73 of the Town and Country Planning Act to vary Condition 1 (Approved Plan) and Condition 59 (Serviced Apartments) of Planning Permission dated 30 March 2012.

 

The Board noted the report, and that an addendum to it was circulated at the meeting.  It was recognised that the application site consisted of a 3-hectar area within Plot MO301on the Greenwich Peninsula Masterplan that was approved for development on 23February 2004.

 

In response to questions raised, the Officer advised the Board that the details of a full response to the consultation on the proposal was outlined under Section 7 of the report, together with comments from the Greenwich Conservation Group and the Greenwich Society.  There had been no objections from residents in regards to the application. 

 

The Officer further confirmed to the Board that the original design approved for development on the proposed site was for a hotel operation that was no longer viable.  It was clarified that the current proposal would ensure the completion of the Supplementary Planning Legal Agreement, so that the obligations in the original Section 106 Agreement that was approved on 30 March 2012 and the current application could be included in the revised Masterplan.

 

With regards to an enquiry about the proposed modification, the Board received confirmation by the Officer that 10% of the dwellings would be designed for wheelchair access.  The changes would enable the replacement of five floors with hotel suites to the original Serviced Apartment Blocks.  In spite of a slight reduction in the floor space, the number of hotel bedrooms would remain the same as that approved in the original Section 106 Agreement on 30 March 2012.  The revisions to the height and layout of the Hotel and Service Apartment blocks would enhance the external appearance of the blocks.  The Officer added that that the details of the facing materials for the two buildings would be submitted for consideration at a future meeting of the Board.

In considering submissions made at the meeting, Members commented that the application had not deviated from planning rules.  It was

 

Resolved –

 

Unanimously

 

That permission be granted for internal and external alterations as Minor Material Amendments and Variation of Condition 1 (Approved Plans) and Condition 59 (Serviced Apartments) of Planning Permission, dated 30.3.2012 (Ref: 10/0140/F) for the development of a 21-storey, 452 bedroom hotel and 23-storey building with 100 serviced residential apartments, subject to:

 

·                    The satisfactory completion of a Supplemental Section 106 legal agreement;

·                    The issuing of a new planning permission in respect of Ref:10/0140/F for the development of a 21-storey, 452 hotel with ancillary accommodation including health spa, ballroom, special events space and meeting facilities, plus a 23-storey building with 100 serviced residential apartments, together with associated under croft parking, servicing and landscaping; and

·                   Conditions set out in Section 3.5 of the report.

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