Monday 21 May 2018 5.49pm
Another day, another hotel application. Us residents are very concerned about a 220 room "lifestyle" hotel that they're planning on squeezing in behind 160 Blackfriars. The entrance will be on Blackfriars Road
, but the actual service entrance will be in Pocock Street
. The entrance is not big enough to serve what will be 27 to 29 deliveries per day, including refuse collection, between the hours of 7am and 7pm. Several of the hotel rooms will look onto the neighbouring Primary School playground, which apparently the school don't mind (?), additionally the Primary School and much of the housing around the sandwiched in Hotel will lose significant amounts of daylight.
They're planning for it to be a "lifestyle hotel" and claim there are relatively few in the area, despite there being a 192 room CitizenM just around the corner. According to their research, there 11 hotels in the development pipeline around the area, giving us an extra 1849 hotel rooms in Southwark. They also compare themselves to the Hoxton Southwark (192 rooms) and "One Blackfriars Autograph Collection" (161 rooms), yet The Hoxton will have 192 rooms in a 68,200 sq foot space and this planned development is a jaw dropping 220 rooms in just 7,380 sq foot. This will make it one of the biggest hotels in the area, in terms of rooms, but one of the smallest in terms of actual size.
How can anyone claim this will be a decent development, and that it will add to the character of the area? A hotel squeezed into the back of a carpark, overlooking a Primary School, and blocking most of the light going into the Student Accommodation next door (Handily for the developers, Student Accommodation is immune from any daylight regulations).
According to Southwark's own research, which was put together when the Lesoco Campus space was switched from housing to yet another hotel, the GLA worked out 42,900 hotel rooms would be needed in London by 2036 - 1,800 of those in Southwark. This figure has already been met. There isn't a shortage of hotel rooms in Southwark, a quick glance at Booking.com shows high availability for loads of hotel rooms in the area.
It's a farce.