Charlton’s Travelodge gets go-ahead for London Olympics

How the Travelodge's backers hope Woolwich Road will look 12 months from now

Greenwich Council’s planning board backed building a Travelodge hotel in Charlton last night – with the scheme’s backers pledging to get it up and running before the Olympics.

The seven-member panel unanimously endorsed the plan to build a 120-room hotel at the junction of Woolwich Road and Victoria Way, along with a supermarket on its ground floor and a standalone restaurant next to the Greenwich Shopping Park.

But council leader Chris Roberts, who sits on the planning board, raised worries that the restaurant could be a “magnet for people to hang around” if it was let to the wrong tenant.

While the scheme’s backers said it should be “predominantly a sit-down restaurant and coffee shop”, and the conditions were made on the planning permission to encourage this, Cllr Roberts said he was “still nervous” about the eatery.

“It could be a sit-down fried chicken restaurant,” he said, but added that with an 11pm closing time, “It should be no more disruptive than a pub.”

Even though the Olympics are less than a year away, Travelodge’s representative said the hotel should be open by July 2012, with much of the construction work being done off-site.

The development sits on the site of a demolished retail and industrial estate which was left vacant for use in the now-scrapped Greenwich Waterfront Transit scheme.

Concerns were raised about the height of the building, with Cllr Roberts commenting that it seemed to face its car park rather than the Woolwich Road. The Greenwich Conservation Group said the design was “mediocre” and the lobby looked “mean and uninviting”.

How the site looks now, facing Woolwich Road

How the development will affect the road junction at Victoria Way was left undecided after local resident Simon Hall called for the zebra crossing to be moved west, to line up with a revamped footpath and cycle route through to the Asda supermarket. It was decided the scheme’s backers should have more discussions with local residents and planning officials on what to do about the junction.

Mr Hall, who lives on Woolwich Road, told the meeting he was worried about the junction being made more complicated with the addition of a hotel.

“I’ve lived there for 11 years, and I dread crossing the road, especially with my two-year-old daughter. We’re keen that this is sorted out,” he said, adding he would prefer to see traffic lights at the junction.

Council planners, who had originally proposed moving the junction 2.5 metres to the east, said discussions with Transport for London had ruled out traffic lights at the junction, and creating a crossroads there would not be feasible.

But Cllr Roberts supported Mr Hall, saying: “I don’t care what the mayor thinks about traffic lights – if it needs traffic lights, it needs traffic lights.”

Mr Hall also called for the hotel to invest in signage to promote attractions in Charlton such as Charlton House, the village and the Thames Barrier. He saw his suggestion adapted as a condition in the planning application to promote local tourism.

Plumstead councillor Sajid Jawaid, a former resident of the area, said he was “really glad” to see the site being developed, but said Mr Hall’s ideas “need to be taken seriously”.

Kidbrooke with Hornfair councillor Hayley Fletcher said: “It is refreshing to hear a [planning] applicant that is listening to local people.”

The Charlton Champion was mentioned in the hearing, with reference made to the 92% of respondents to a poll on this site who backed the construction of the hotel.

The same planning meeting also endorsed the construction of a “skywalk” at the O2 in Greenwich – for news of that, read

14 thoughts on “Charlton’s Travelodge gets go-ahead for London Olympics

  1. Matt July 29, 2011 / 09:00

    The Olympic Hotel Charlton….great news, thanks for keeping us updated and thanks to Simon for speaking for local residents. People hanging around? Like the at the beginning of the Happy Days intro credits? Speaking of which, it might be good if it was a 1950’s American diner.

    • Simon August 7, 2011 / 16:24

      Thanks Matt. The developer’s architect has emailed me, so hopefully we’ll have a few improvements. Sadly the Olympic Hotel will feature an Olympic Lidl on the ground floor. There was I thinking Charlton was ready for an M&S Food!

  2. N evans May 31, 2012 / 00:23

    Can anyone tell me if the big old willow tree on this site will be saved ?

    • Matt June 5, 2012 / 21:06

      Yes, I’ve heard the developers are certainly trying to.

  3. Charles June 6, 2012 / 08:36

    By the way, I did see the Royal Borough of Greenwich – Woolwich Road SE7 sign on the corner of Victoria Way and Woolwich Road. It does look rather grand.

    I believe the council will only replace broken signs, however has anyone seen the one across the road from the Antigallican corner of Charlton Church Lane and Woolwich Road? It has graffitti all over it. Could the sign not be higher up and out of the way of the “artists”. Also would it not be nice if most of the road signs in Greenwich could display the Royal Greenwich logo. This will help improve the area, in my opinion.

    I have noticed that the edes of street corners are being replaced, the last being around Charlton Palace. Oh that reminds me, does anyone know if the palace is part of the national trust?


  4. Chris June 6, 2012 / 17:56

    I think you’ve upgraded Charlton House a bit there mate!

    Charlton House is not part of the National Trust and in fact isn’t open to the public per se, but you can hire rooms or have a coffee there.

    • Charles June 7, 2012 / 08:37

      Thanks for that information Chris


  5. charles June 9, 2012 / 11:09

    Can anyone shed any light on the fact that 3 parking bays are to be lost opposite number 105 charlton church lane i.e. in front of the church but opposite number 105?

    I am keen for the bus stop on the corner of charlton church lane and nadine street to be moved to that site. Just wondered if anyone knew why the council is getting rid of three parking bays and for what purpose.


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