DC Casebook: Leisure and Tourism - Hotel site agreed despite alternatives

A 16-bedroom hotel has been allowed to proceed in east London despite claims by the local planning authority that sequentially preferable alternative sites are available.

The council claimed that specific locations for hotel development had been identified in a docklands major opportunity zone. Allowing ad hoc additions would undermine this strategy and also undermine regeneration and tourism objectives, it alleged. The appellants responded that all possible sites in the opportunity zone for hotel development had already been built out.

The inspector agreed that there was a need for 1,250 additional hotel rooms by 2026 and the appellants' boutique hotel would appeal to customers less keen on using mainstream hotels. The council appeared to apply its unitary development plan policies on hotel development in a flexible manner, he remarked. Given the relatively small size of the scheme, he judged that it would not undermine regeneration or tourism objectives.

DCS Number 100-069-113

Inspector Christopher Thomas; Written representations

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