Jobs for locals? I don't think so. That's what the developers always say.
But the reality is that the hotel won't be wanting to employ anyone who can afford to live in Bermondsey (even in social or 'affordable') housing.
The jobs will go to Eastern Europeans (nothing 'wrong' with that, just a fact) who live in the outlying suburbs and commute great distances early in the morning and late at night to work unfeasibly long shifts.
These hotels tend to do very little for the local economy at all.
Many of the residents of Blue Lion Place have already objected and submitted letters to Southwark Council in relation to this development We too are positively against the size and scale of the development. We appreciate that something needs to be done with the vacant space, but feel that a seven story building is too much for the above reasons raised by Trevor G.
One point that everyone has missed so far above is that the plans require the DEMOLITION of an existing four story building ("The Generator Building") that has never been used in the fours years since it's construction.
Glen Howells are the architects and the residents of Blue Lion Place have met with them a number of times to discuss their plans and voice our concerns over light, security and privacy.
Trevor G - feel free to contact me over a private message and I can provide you with more information. I'm not sure exactly where you live, but it's a pity the Council didn't include you in their notifications to local residents.
How tall is the Bermondsey Antiques Market development going to be now? I seem to recall a 6 or 8 storey block was proposed, but I can't figure out if this was before or after the planning application was adjusted. If it is still 6 or more then a seven storey place nearby would not appear too out of place and would probably fit in reasonably well once the two developments are finished.
I think you're right to object to the height, although the thought of residents of new developments in a developing area objecting to further new developments does amuse (if in fact this is happening). However, there may be good reason for the size (I'd guess that hotels are more viable at certain sizes) and in this case if the planners think a hotel would improve the area they might be minded to allow the extra floors, rather than simply having yet another block of flats. My opinion is that it would improve the area. Hotel residents, whether business travellers or tourists, often have plenty of money to spend, and they will no doubt spend at least some of it locally.
I also think, cynically, that alot of these planning applications add an extra floor or two on with the intention of removing them as a compromise solution when objections are raised. Planning on this scale often seems (from the outside at least) to be a haggling process.