South London aparthotel plan to go before planners

George Sell By George Sell
03 March 2018 | Updated 03 March 2018

UK: Plans by developer London Hotel Group (LHG) to build an aparthotel on the site of Tooting Constitutional Club will go before Wandsworth Council this week.

LHG wants to knock down existing buildings and redevelop the site as part of a new scheme, up to five storeys high, which would have 221 aparthotel rooms and the involve the rebuild of Tooting Constitutional Club as café.

The Wandsworth conservation area advisory committee will meet on March 6 after an application was submitted for the asset of community value (ACV) in Tooting High Street on January 18.

A report by RGP, on behalf of LHG, said: "The development scheme, to which this travel plan pertains, will redevelop the site to provide a 221-room aparthotel which includes four basement levels and an associated restaurant or café bar at the ground floor level, ancillary to the hotel use.The consented D2 community use at the site would also be retained as part of the proposals. The aparthotel will cater for medium duration business and leisure trade whereby small groups or families may be attracted to stay for a period of a few nights or a week's duration depending on their widely different needs. To encourage longer stays by guests, food preparation facilities will be provided within the rooms."

A previous plan for Tooting Constitutional Club, which was established in 1917 as a working man's club, received opposition from councillors in May 2015 when proposals to build 46 flats and commercials units up to seven storeys high were refused.

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