Public Exhibition

We held a public exhibition on the proposals. This took place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB on the following dates:

Wednesday 15th January 4pm – 8pm

Saturday 18th January 10am – 2pm

For a summary of the feedback received during the consultation process, please consult the Statement of Community Involvement, which can be accessed via the Southwark planning portal.

You can view the boards displayed at the exhibition here:

Public Exhibition Boards


Why is a hotel being proposed? Is this an appropriate land use for the site?

We appreciate that some local residents have concerns about a new hotel in the area. During the appeal process for the previous application, the independent Planning Inspector found that the proposed land use is acceptable and that there is not a dominance of visitor accommodation in the locality, a finding echoed by our own assessments for this present application.

The hotel forms part of a mix of complementary uses on the site, including office space, retail and affordable workspace/ community space. This vibrant blend of uses will create a well-used and interesting space and take full advantage of the currently under-utilised car park. The development will also contribute to economic growth in the area, creating between 75 and 98 jobs available to local people.

What impact will the proposed building have on neighbouring residential properties in terms of daylight and sunlight levels?

We acknowledge residents’ concerns regarding potential daylight and sunlight impacts on their properties. These will be lower than in the previous application, by virtue of the reduction in the height of the proposed new building.

A full assessment of these impacts has been undertaken and forms part of the planning application. It demonstrates that all such impacts on residents’ existing daylight will fall within the guidelines set out by planning policy.

Won’t additional traffic as a result of the hotel cause additional congestion and disruption for local residents?

The Transport Assessment, which forms part of the planning application, includes detailed assessments of the projected impact of the development on the local transport network. It has found that there is unlikely to be a substantial increase in the number of vehicle trips to the site, particularly during the critical morning and evening peak periods. The site is in an area of high accessibility, such that most trips will be by public transport or active modes.

While the nature of hotel use means that there will be some trips by taxi, the number of trips, once spread across the day, will be low, as set out in the Transport Assessment. Most taxi trips will also be local and therefore already on the highway network in the surrounding area. Furthermore, the Operational Management Plan, submitted as part of the planning application, includes a section dedicated to the proposals for managing the movements of taxis and coaches – as far as the hotel will be in a position to do this. We are hopeful that the removal of the existing – albeit underused – car park will contribute to a reduction in traffic.

In terms of construction and servicing traffic, we will agree delivery schedules and routes with Southwark Council. We recognise residents’ concerns about the existing traffic system locally and aim to reflect these in our commitments.

The hotel will discourage local coach activity by promoting alternative modes of transport, including encouraging guests to make use of the excellent local public transport links. If necessary, we will work with Southwark Council and/or Transport for London to secure a formal taxi rank on Blackfriars Road.

Affordable community/workspace – maximising the benefits

We appreciate the suggestions made by the community during the pre-application consultation process and will continue to engage with local residents and stakeholder groups over the coming weeks and months, as well as providing updates on our progress to the community. We are committed to ensuring that the space delivered maximises the benefit to the local area and have begun to engage in detailed discussions with potential tenants – including local businesses and community groups – to this end.

In the event that the planning application is approved, this work will continue during the detailed design process, which will further explore ways to make the space as welcoming and accessible as possible to local residents and groups.

Get in touch

If you have questions or comments at this stage, please don’t hesitate to contact us on the below details:


Telephone: 020 3900 3676