54 Bedroom Student Accommodation Block in Greenwich
We prepared, managed and submitted an application for the redevelopment of a brownfield site in Greenwich, London for student accommodation.
Our clients approached us after they had purchased a brownfield site in Greenwich, London. The site was formerly a workshop and car garage, which had extant planning permission for its redevelopment to provide a flatted development. However, given the site’s position close to University of Greenwich, the clients sought to develop the site for student accommodation instead.
The site was positioned within a sustainable location but was adjacent to a Grade II Listed Library Building and within Flood Zone 3.
Atlas Planning Group were instructed to prepare, submit and manage the full planning application for the redevelopment of the site to provide 54 student rooms.
Atlas Planning Group organised a multi-disciplinary team to prepare detailed reports to support the planning application. Owing to the Flooding issue, we instructed consultants to provide advice, along with a Flood Risk Assessment. To ensure that future occupiers would not be impacted by flooding, a lounge, laundry and gym area was positioned at the ground floor, along with parking, and the student rooms located above.
In addition to Flood Risk Consultants, the multi-disciplinary team included sustainability, noise and energy consultants, along with air quality assessors and Sunlight/Daylight specialists. To address affordable housing arguments, a Financial Viability Assessment was also undertaken.
We collated the consultant’s findings in our comprehensive Planning Statement, which assessed the development against the policies contained within the London Plan, the NPPF and the Royal Borough of Greenwich Core Strategy. We were able to demonstrate that at both the Local Level (Greenwich Core Strategy) and at the more strategic level (the London Plan and emerging draft London Plan), the provision of new student housing in this area should be supported.
Furthermore, we were able to show that the proposed development would not have any impact on the character and appearance of the area and the neighbouring Grade II Listed Building. Given that the site had an extant planning permission for its redevelopment, we argued that the impact of the proposal would not be any greater than that already approved.
We worked closely with the Planning Officer at Greenwich Borough Council to ensure that that the planning application was successful. The planning application was approved without delay in the 12-week application period.