Hello - I was wondering if anyone knows what is happening to the big empty plot of land in Bear Lane next door to my apartment - diagonally opposite the new student accomodation? Has this just been land banked by a developer? I heard at one stage a hotel development but surely there are enough hotels in the area now?
Hi Big Bear,
The planning permission is still in place for the hotel. My understanding is it's going to be a combo of a Crowne Plaza on one side and a Holiday Inn Express on the other with a large conference/event centre on the side face Price's Street. You're right that there are a lot of hotels already in the area but considering it already has permission, and Central London still suffers from an acute under supply of hotel accommodation (alongside Crowne Plaza making a major development push right now), it will likely go ahead at some point. If you check out the Southwark Planning register online for the case number below you can look at related documents such as pictures and plans.
On another point, what do you think of living in the area? I'm in the process of buying across the street at the small new scheme on Dolben Street and would be keen for your thoughts on the local area.