LOCAL councillors have tonight approved a planning application for a new boutique hotel in Southwark, London.
Seven-storey Wedge House in Blackfriars Road will be demolished to make way for the new mixed-use office and hotel development that will be 14 storeys tall plus basement, ground floor and mezzanine.
Developer Derwent London have partnered with Hoxton Hotels for the 192-bedroom hotel proposal which will occupy six floors of the new development below five floors of new office space. Hoxton already operate hotels in Shoreditch and Holborn.
Soho House will work with the hotel to offer a ground floor restaurant/cafe and a “skybar” on the top floor. Before granting planning permission, councillors inserted a condition requiring there to be public access to the restaurant and skybar.
The developer offered a payment totalling £60,000 for improvements to nearby Christchurch Gardens in recognition of some over-shadowing the new development will cause.
Members of the Southwark Council Planning Committee unanimously backed the proposal.
Thanks to hyperlocal site London SE1 for live streaming audio from the planning meeting.