RESIDENTS CONDEMN QUEENS HOTEL EXTENSION PLANS / GLA MEMBER VOICES OBJECTIONS / BEST WESTERN HOTELS CONFIRM INTEREST IN QUEENS
Residents opposing the proposed extensions to the Queens hotel on Church Road have issued a blistering condemnation of the plans, saying:
expected vehicle movements to and from the site are understated;
the amount of car parking spaces provided on site is insufficient and would result in excess parking by guest to occur on surrounding residential streets;
43 more windowless rooms would be provided bringing the total up to 71 which would create a poor customer experience for a proponent who wishes to provide a high-quality scheme;
because of the significant increase of scale and mass on site, the proposals would result in a number of residential amenity impacts including privacy and overlooking;
the proposals would also result in the unacceptable loss of daylight and sunlight access to the surrounding properties;
only four out of 109 windows would pass the 25-degree line test for daylight;
only four of 67 windows passed the 25-degree line test for sunlight; and
removal of large amounts of spoil during any development could mean temporary road closures.
In their letter of objection to Croydon council, the residents, who live in Fitzroy Gardens to the left of the hotel and in Wakefield Gardens behind the hotel site, say:
“The Queen’s hotel will always be viewed as a whole, and it is absolutely imperative that the site as a whole (and locally listed as a whole) is assessed holistically.
“It is not an effective means of assessing the impact of a scheme of this type to subdivide the site into ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ contributory sections and to assess the impact of the scheme on each of these elements in isolation.
“The scale of the proposed development, whilst in height terms not exceeding that of the existing building, creates an overall development that is distinctly at odds with the wider condition and character of the conservation area.
“The applicant has failed to justify the principle of additional hotel usage on site contrary to national and local planning policy and guidance, with the proposals resulting in an intensified town centre use outside of a designated town centre, resulting in additional hotel rooms in an area of low public transport accessibility.”
GLA MEMBER VOICES OBJECTIONS
Steve O’Connell, GLA member for Croydon and Sutton, has also objected to the Queens hotel proposals.
In a letter to Croydon council he says:
The proposed 530 room hotel, constituting a 60 per cent increase in rooms, represents overdevelopment and contradicts the guidance provided in the London Plan i.e. new visitor accommodation should be focussed in town centres which provide good public transport access to central London and other transport hubs;
The application is out of keeping with Church Road conservation area, which comprises a mid/low rise detached residential area with well-spaced buildings;
The proposed parking provision contained with the application of 170 paid spaces for 530 rooms is inadequate and could negatively impact on surrounding residents;
The site has poor accessibility to public transport;
The proposal will have a negative impact on the designation of the 1850’s Queens Hotel building as a locally listed landmark.
BEST WESTERN HOTELS CONFIRM INTEREST IN QUEENS
Best Western Hotels have confirmed they are planning to bring the Queens hotel into their portfolio.
A spokeswoman told News From Crystal Palace: “We are delighted to confirm that we are working with the London Hotel Group to bring the London Queens Crystal Palace Hotel into the Best Western brand.
“We envisage the launch date of the hotel to be in 2019, following a significant refurbishment programme, including refurbishment of all bedrooms, public areas and the building of additional bedrooms.
“The hotel, owned by London Hotel Group, will be the 24th Best Western hotel in the Greater London area, and the fourth hotel from the London Hotel Group portfolio to join the Best Western brand which includes Best Western London Peckham Hotel,Best Western Plus London Croydon Aparthotel and Best Western Plus London Wembley Hotel.”