Planning Update – 18th February 2022

Fortunately there is little new in the way of planning applications to report but given that the Estate is already surrounded and suffering from developments (from North to South – e.g 1 Golden Lane, Tenter House, 21 Moorfields, City Place House, Wood Street Police Station, 150 Aldersgate) this comes as some relief. Relief will not be a sentiment shared by many (or any) of us though when the 1-12 Long Lane and, most particularly, the London Wall West projects commence.

So moving swiftly on, here are a few updates on the developments going on around us:

Museum of London to close in December

I am sure most residents will be aware of this by now but it has been announced that the Museum of London’s main site at London Wall is to close in December 2022 in preparation for its relocation to West Smithfield. From June 2022, it is planning to hold a series of events, activities and displays celebrating its 45 years at the site.

The new building, to be called The London Museum, is due to open in 2026.

The full press release together with links showing the location and plans for the new site can be seen here

City Place House/2 Aldermanbury – Highwalk closure details

A meeting with the BA and interested residents was held recently with the representatives of the developers of City Place House/2 Aldermanbury to hear the plans for the timings and closure of the bridge and walkways over London Wall as well as get a general update. A copy of the slides can be seen here

The original plan was to close the bridge and the Highwalk to the public once the site had been handed over to commence demolition works at the end of January 2022. Access through the new building would be made available back to the public two months prior to the project completion at the end of October 2025.

The revised schedule shows that full closure is now expected to commence some 5 months later than planned in June 2022 and re-open from June 2025, some 2 months earlier than planned. The closure is therefore now expected to last for 37 rather than 44 months. Only time will tell of course if this proves to be the case.

1 Golden Lane – exhibition boards from public presentation now available

The picture boards from the public exhibition regarding the proposed expansion and refurbishment of 1 Golden Lane are now available for view on the 1GoldenLane website.

The link to view the exhibition boards can be found here

Wood Street Police Station – ‘minor’ changes mean a new planning application is in pipeline

You may recall that Magnificent Hotel Investments Ltd secured planning consent in 2021 for the refurbishment and conversion of Wood Street Police Station into a high quality hotel. Since that time the developers have been working to find a suitable hotel brand to take on and operate the new hotel. Whilst there is reported to be ‘strong commercial interest’ in the site, the ‘feedback from potential operators has made clear that some modest changes are needed for them to be able to operate the building successfully’.

Whilst the changes proposed appear to be relatively minor, it has been agreed with the City Planning officers that a new planning application would be appropriate.

In terms of an overview of the proposed revisions, the plan is now ‘to increase the total rooms from 213 to 235’, achieved ‘by reorganising space …. Specifically, the proposed spa and leisure uses have been removed save for a gym, and the basement restaurant and kitchen have been relocated to ground level to improve footfall and accessibility. Additionally, the consented two-storey addition from the west side is no longer required and we are relocating various plant equipment from the roofs to the inside of the building … we are proposing to make the atrium seating areas larger and more accessible by removing a proposed feature stair to Rolfe Hall and installing decking over the courtyard in part with structural, translucent glazing to bring light in to the basement guest rooms below…’.

Ahead of actually seeing the proposed revisions, these changes do appear minor and it does not look like there are any grounds for objection. However, this stance may change once we have seen the revised planning application.

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