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Custom House Public Inquiry

Date updated: 1/25/2022

Town and Country Planning Act 1990

Public Inquiry at Guildhall (West Wing), London EC2V 7HH with facility to participate virtually

25 January-10 February 2022

Reason for the Inquiry

Appeal by Cannon Capital Developments Ltd and Globalgem Hotels Limited

Relating to the applications to the City of London Corporation

for Custom House, 20 Lower Thames Street, London EC3R 6EE

APP/K5030/W/21/3281630 - Change of use from office (Class E) to hotel (Class C1), ground floor internal north/south public route through (sui generis), ground floor museum (Class F1 (c )), flexible ground floor and roof level retail/restaurant/bar floorspace and public viewing terrace (Classes E & Sui Generis (Drinking Establishment)), lower ground floor leisure facilities (Class E) and new riverfront public realm including Water Lane, Old Billingsgate Walk and Lower Thames Street (Sui Generis / C1 Hotel); associated works of demolition, alteration, extension and refurbishment including
(i) removal of railings around riverside car park,
(ii) demolition and re-building behind the retained façade of the 1960s East Block
(iii) demolition of 1960s East Block roof and alteration of West Block roof to erect 2 x two storey extensions above the East and West Blocks to provide hotel rooms and plant space at their lower levels; 
(iv) demolition of Centre Block ground floor external stairs and replacement with new river terraces, stairs and step free ramped access across Centre, and parts of West and East Block; (south elevation); 
(v) alterations to and raising of the flood defence wall;
(vi) façade alterations and associated works to create a terrace at first floor level on the Centre Block (south elevation) and reinstated door and new ramped entrance access to West Block (west elevation); vii.) removal of railings on Lower Thames Street elevation and alterations to main Centre Block entrance on Lower Thames St .

APP/K5030/Y/21/3281258 - External and internal works associated with the partial demolition, alteration, extension and conversion of Custom House from office (Use Class E) to a hotel (Use Class C1) with ground floor internal north/south public route through (sui generis), ground floor museum (Use Class F1 (c )), flexible ground floor and rooftop retail/restaurant/bar floorspace and public viewing terrace (Use Classes E and Sui Generis (Drinking Establishment)), lower ground floor leisure facilities (Use Class E) and new riverfront public realm including: External works:
(i) removal of railings around existing riverside carpark,
(ii) demolition and re-building behind the retained façade of the 1960s East Block
(iii) demolition of 1960s East Block roof and alteration of existing West Block roof;
(iv) demolition of Centre Block ground floor external stairs and replacement with new river terraces, stairs and step free ramped access across Centre, and parts of West and East Block (south elevation);
(v) alterations to and raising of the flood defence wall;
(vi) façade alterations and associated works to create a terrace at first floor level on the Centre Block (south elevation) and reinstated door and new ramped access to West Block (west elevation);
(vii) removal of railings on Lower Thames Street elevation and alterations to main Centre Block entrance on Lower Thames Street providing step free access;
viii) associated works to the river wall
ix) and other external alterations including elevational

Procedure

The Secretary of State has appointed an Inspector who is holding the Inquiry to decide the Appeal.

The Inquiry is live streamed via the City Corporation’s YouTube Channel .

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the Inquiry virtually, however they may attend the Inquiry venue by prior arrangement, and at the Inspector’s discretion, express their views.

If you want to attend the Inquiry in person, or participate in the Inquiry, virtually, contact the City Corporation at Planning Comments or telephone 020 7332 1710 for details of how to do so.

If you, or anyone you know has a disability and is concerned about facilities at the Inquiry venue, you should contact the City Corporation to confirm that suitable provisions are in place.

Documents

Documents relating to the appeal(s) can be viewed at the City Corporation’s offices by prior arrangement or on the City Corporation’s website at online applications and search for 20/00631/FULMAJ and 20/00632/LBC

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Planning Inspectorate contact

Alison Dyson,
3J, Kite wing,
Temple Quay House,
2 the Square,
Temple quay,
Bristol, BS1 6PN

0303 444 5304 

Planning Inspectorate References: APP/K5030/W/21/3281630 and APP/K5030/Y/21/3281258

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