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Should Lambeth say ‘no more hotels’ in Waterloo?

A clampdown on the building of new hotels around Waterloo and the South Bank is being considered by Lambeth Council.

Lambeth has opened a public consultation on a series of updates to local planning policy.

The consultation includes a survey on hotels and visitor accommodation in Lambeth which asks respondents how much they agree or disagree with the statement: "New hotels should not be supported in Waterloo because there are enough hotels in that part of Lambeth."

The survey also asks for comments on the statement that "planning applications for new hotels should be required to assess their impact on residential amenity, including the cumulative impact of each new hotel".

In April this year Lambeth had 26 hotels, with around two-thirds of all the visitor bed spaces in the borough being in the Waterloo area.

Last year Bishop's ward councillor Ben Kind pointed out that there are more hotel rooms in Waterloo than there were residents who voted at the last local elections.

Three more hotels are in the pipeline for Lower Marsh and several existing hotels have plans to expand.

The Lambeth Local Plan Review 2017 consultation runs until 4 December.

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