A hospital being converted into a new school, over 300 new flats being built on a care home and refurbishments to a 17th century pub are all included in the latest planning applications sent to Bromley and Greenwich councils.

Local authorities receive hundreds of applications every week for planning projects, all of which must be validated.

Local residents can comment on submitted plans online to show their support and objections for a scheme. This helps council officers and planning board members in making 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.

Care home to be knocked down for over 300 flats

Greenwich Council has received further plans on a project to build more than 300 new flats on the site of a care home in Thamesmead.

The project, approved in February 2022, will see 333 new homes being built in a set of four tower blocks up to 12 storeys tall.

The latest submissions include noise calming measures and strategies relating to energy consumption for the project.

News Shopper: A CGI of the new homes planned for Gallions View. (Credit: Fairview New Homes / Metropolis Planning and Design)A CGI of the new homes planned for Gallions View. (Credit: Fairview New Homes / Metropolis Planning and Design)

The new development on Pier Way would replace Gallions View Nursing Home on the site with the new tower blocks and ten houses.

Planning documents from Fairview New Homes and Metropolis Planning and Design said: “The scheme proposes a residential development that embraces the differing scales of the neighbourhood, responding both to the more intimate scale of the local housing and the wider open spaces as afforded by Broadwater dock.

"The result is a diverse set of buildings supported by high quality public realm creating both smaller intimate street settings to larger focal buildings set within open play space and amenity.”

Flats and refurbishment planned for 17th century pub

Greenwich Council has received further plans to refurbish a Grade II listed pub and add nine new flats to the site.

Plans have moved forward on a series of works for the Plume of Feathers pub on Plumstead High Street.

The plans, originally approved in November 2022, will see two new buildings being built on the site to provide the flats in the plans.

The latest proposals sent to the council include details on the construction works to be carried out, with improvements to the pub itself including fire safety provisions and heat retention.

Planning documents from KKM Architects, on behalf of Dhadda Estates, said the pub building dates back to the 17th century and had been empty for several years due to the structure’s continued decline.

They added that the two new structures were designed to respect the character of the listed building.

Gym to open 24 hours a day

A gym in East Greenwich has sent plans to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Novo Gym Greenwich has sent an application to the local authority to extend its opening hours.

The gym said in its planning application that its sister business in Welling had received extremely positive feedback from gym users and local businesses since it extended its opening hours to 24 hours a day.

They added that music in the building would automatically lower in the evening to prevent any noise disturbances and rubber flooring was in place to absorb sounds from the gym.

They said in their application: “Novo Gym’s aim is to benefit the local community by giving them access to a 24-hour facility where they can improve their health during flexible hours that works around busy schedules.

"We have ensured maximum safety throughout our design stage, always keeping in mind how we can ease concerns of the surrounding community and provide comfort to our gym users during unstaffed hours.”

Hospital to be converted into special needs school

Further plans have been sent to Bromley Council to convert a hospital in Orpington into a special needs school.

The project will see the former Kent House Hospital on Crockenhill Road being converted into a learning centre.

The original plans were approved in August this year, with the recent details that were submitted including a car park management plan.

The building on the site was built in the 1970s and was last used as a hospital for children with severe learning disabilities, before closing in 2022. The school is planned to have 13 classrooms along with breakout rooms, staff areas and kitchens.

Planning documents from Alder King Planning Consultants, on behalf of Aspiris Children’s Services, said the school will have a capacity of up to 98 pupils aged between 7 and 19.

Students would primarily have social emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs or autistic spectrum conditions.

New care home in Orpington

Plans have been sent to change a family house into a residential care home in Orpington. Bromley Council has received an application for a house on the junction of Spring Shaw Road and Blackberry Field to be changed into a care home for up to six children aged between 8 and 18 years old.

Planning documents from Drawing and Planning said the home would only host four residents at a time, each in their own bedroom, with an extra bedroom on the ground floor for staff.

The building would also include a living room, kitchen with dining area and conservatory.

The plans said the overall aim of the scheme is to replicate a normal family environment as closely as possible.

They added: “The purpose of the residential care home is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the resident children, which seeks to encourage education, hobbies and leisure activities.

"The home also aims to encourage the children to focus on their strengths and build positive support networks to achieve their aspirations, excel in education whilst forming positive relationships with other people.”