Southern Grove secures planning for Tower Hamlets PBSA

Southern Grove secures planning permission following an appeal for its Tower Hamlets purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Mile End.

Southern Grove's Tower Hamlets PBSA scheme | PBSA News
Southern Grove's Tower Hamlets PBSA scheme.

Southern Grove’s Tower Hamlets PBSA scheme will now be built after a planning inspector allowed an appeal against the refusal of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets for the development in Mile End, London.

The inspector found that Southern Grove’s development would make a valuable contribution to student housing provision close to a number of higher education institutions, in an area where there is high demand for housing provision in general.

The inspector also found that the scheme would involve the redevelopment of a brownfield site. The space is in an area which is well connected in terms of public transport and is close to local amenities and facilities. The report outlined in more detail why the decision was made.

Zack Simons, a Barrister at Landmark Chambers acted for the successful appellant, Andrew George Southern and Tom Slingsby of Southern Grove, instructed by David Maddox of Maddox Planning and Jade Chalmers of Howard Kennedy LLP.

The team included Ollie Cooper, Senior Planner at Maddox Planning, Adam Blacker, Director at DMWR Architects Ltd and Jonathan Lonergan, Director at eb7 Ltd.

“The appeal is allowed, and planning permission is granted for the demolition of existing buildings on site and redevelopment to provide 106 bedroom units of PBSA, with associated internal and external amenity space and cycle parking, alongside commercial space at the ground floor level.

K L Robbie, Government Inspector

Located at 7-15 Blount Street in London, E14, Southern Grove’s plans include 106 bedroom units in a mix of 65 standard studio units, 31 cluster units and ten accessible units alongside a commercial space at the ground floor level.

The Tower Hamlets PBSA scheme will also deliver both internal and external amenity spaces, including a roof terrace. There will be communal amenity and shared gardens on the 1st, 3rd and 6th floors.

The scheme’s proposal’s include one accessible car parking space on Blount Street and a total of 83 cycle spaces (80 long-stay and three short-stay), located within a secure and covered space.

Plans for the ground floor includes an entrance lobby, a space for deliveries, a reception, lockers, flexible study and social spaces and laundry facilities.

The first floor will provide a large flexible social and study space with sofas, dining and desk areas, with views and access to the external terrace.

“I have carefully considered the concerns put forward by individuals and from nearby Residents Associations. I have no substantive evidence before me that the proposal would not provide adequate living conditions for future occupiers of the proposal in terms of the standards of the living accommodation to be
provided.

“I am satisfied that concerns raised regarding the use of outside space on roof terraces within the development and the general behaviour of occupiers can be adequately controlled by suitably worded conditions relating to hours of use of the roof terraces and the implementation of a student management plan
which would be enforceable by the Local Planning Authority in the event of non-compliance. Nor have I been provided with any substantive evidence that
student accommodation cannot be successfully located within an established residential area.

“I have also considered the impact of the proposal on local services. Given the relatively small scale of the proposal and the nature of the occupation of the
development with students who would only be resident during term time, any additional demand on services in the local area would be relatively minor and
therefore would not put undue demand on them.

“having had regard to the development plan as a whole and all other material considerations, the negative impacts of the scheme would be outweighed by the positive benefits. I therefore conclude that the appeal should be allowed subject to the conditions set out in the schedule attached to this decision.”

K L Robbie, Government Inspector

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