Planning applications for hotels

MQT on 2018-12-20
Session date: 
December 20, 2018
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


There is currently a planning application submitted to Southwark Council in my constituency for a hotel on the corner of Harper Road and Newington Causeway/Borough High Street. What is the Mayor’s position on using available land for hotels as opposed to housing?


Answer for Planning applications for hotels
Planning applications for hotels

Planning applications for hotels

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The scheme you highlight is a referable application to me. I issued a stage 1 response on 14 May 2018, the letter and report for this is available on the As the scheme is referable to me, I am not able to comment on the specifics of this case as it will fetter my future decision on the application. However, I do recognise that clearly London has a huge need for additional housing, but hotel accommodation is also important for the functioning of the city.

The draft London Plan sets out that within the Central Activities Zone (CAZ), strategically important serviced accommodation should be promoted in Opportunity Areas, with smaller-scale provision in other parts of the CAZ, excluding in wholly residential streets or predominantly residential neighbourhoods, and subject to the impact on office space and other strategic functions. Boroughs should take account of this, and their housing targets, when assessing any relevant applications and setting local policies.

Local authorities can provide further clarity about acceptable land uses through site allocations.