A hotel above a Victorian pub, a new children’s care home and changes to a new five-storey block of flats are all included in the latest planning applications sent to Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich councils.

Hundreds of applications are sent to local authorities every week for planning projects, all of which must be validated.

Comments can be made in support and objections of the plans online by members of the public to help council officers and planning board members in their decisions.

Several highlights from the most recent set of applications can be found below.

Additional details for specific proposals can be found on the respective council’s website.

Plans for hotel rooms above Victorian pub move forward

Greenwich Council has received plans from Lita Homes to progress its project to deliver a 17-room aparthotel above a historic Victorian pub in Woolwich.

The project would see the Ordnance Arms pub, dating back to 1880, being restored as part of the renovations.

The building currently includes a beauty salon alongside the pub on its ground floor, which would reportedly be retained in the project.

The plans were originally approved by the council in August 2022 and would see the current hostel accommodation above the pub being repurposed, as well as the pub being brought “back to life”.

Planning documents from Ibbotson Architects, on behalf of Lita Homes, show that the original conversion of the upper floors of the building was permitted on the condition that details of security measures were included to minimise the potential for crime.

The new documents outlined a CCTV system that was planned to be added to the site, with hotel rooms also being accessed using a key lockbox.

Family house to be converted into children’s care home

Bexley Council has received plans to convert a house in Bexleyheath into a children’s care home.

The proposal seeks to change a five bedroom family house on Longleigh Lane to a home for young people aged between 5 and 18 years old with learning disabilities.

News Shopper: Longleigh Lane, where the new children\'s home is planned to be. Permission for use by all LDRS partners. Credit: Google Earth

Planning documents from Chandran Hughes Architects Limited on behalf of Wilcob Care Limited said the home would cater for up to five children and include ample communal space and an outdoor garden area.

The space would reportedly include an office so that two staff members will always be on duty at any given time.

The plans said: “The quality of care and accommodation that will be provided in this property is ultimately providing children/young people with a safe and secure environment, where they will have the opportunity to plan for their future through training and support.”

Plans progress to deliver five storey block of flats

An application has been received by Bromley Council to progress plans to deliver a block of flats up to five storeys tall on Orpington High Street.

News Shopper: A CGI for the new flats planned in Orpington High Street (photo: Darling Associates / Acklam Developments)A CGI for the new flats planned in Orpington High Street (photo: Darling Associates / Acklam Developments)

The original plans for the project were approved in June 2022 by the council, with the additional details seeking to replace a planned play area and lounge for residents with a wheelchair-accessible flat instead.

The new proposals would deliver a total of 41 flats to the area, with the plans also seeking to add extra bin space and cycle storage.

Planning documents from Darling Associates on behalf of Acklam Developments said the building was originally a Woolworth’s and is intended to be knocked down for the new development.

Listed 19th century building to be converted into hotel

Plans have been sent to change a Victorian building in Bromley town centre into an aparthotel.

The Grade II listed building on the High Street was reportedly built in 1898 and currently hosts a betting shop.

News Shopper: The Grade II listed building in Bromley town centre. Permission for use by all LDRS partners. Credit: Google Earth

Planning documents from Planning & Development Associates described an aparthotel as a hotel with self-catering apartments, giving guests the flexibility of a studio apartment.

Bromley Council previously refused the plans in July this year after not enough information being given to prove the aparthotel would respect the surrounding area.

Planning documents said that the application would use the empty accommodation in the building to create an eight suite aparthotel with a communal kitchen on each floor.

They said that the suites had been designed around the existing floor layouts with minimal changes inside the building.

Planning documents said: “The development proposal involves a change of use of the upper floors of the listed building and approaches sensitive restorative works to both the interior and exterior of the building which combine to ensure that the character, appearance and special interest of the listed building is preserved.”

Former vape and coffee shop to become flat

Plans have been sent to change a former vape and coffee shop into a flat in Charlton.

News Shopper: The former vape and coffee shop in CharltonThe former vape and coffee shop in Charlton

Greenwich Council has received an application from Divi Design Limited to convert the former site of GOAT Vape & Coffee into a fourth flat for the building on Charlton Church Lane.

Planning documents from Divi Design said the three-storey building currently has flats in its upper floors. They said the proposal makes efficient use of the existing space, with changes being solely internal.