Sunborn defends 'older yacht' plan for Royal Docks
The group planning to bring a superyacht to Newham's Royal Docks has defended a change to its plans which will see a 10-year-old vessel replace a proposed brand new purpose built ship.
Sunborn was speaking ahead of a planning committee meeting on Tuesday, which will discuss the alteration.
It had earler been revealed Sunborn's plans to build the yacht were on hold due to financial reasons and instead it would be refurbishing an ship currently based in Finland.
It has led to nearby residents to raise concerns over the change of ship and call for a new application to be launched.
But Sunborn has insisted once the existing ship is refurbished it will look the same as the planned yacht - as well as being the same size.
Andrew Shaw, marketing director of Sunborn, said: "We are making a very significant investment in London and are bringing a fantastic yacht hotel. The external profile of the vessel will be sleek, captivating and will have all the positive appeal and characteristics of a superyacht, as per plan.
"Sunborn has been involved in the Royal Victoria Dock community since 2003 and we very much respect our fellow tenants and local businesses.
"The new Sunborn London will look fantastic and add to the area's on-going regeneration both aesthetically and commercially. We're very much looking forward to our return."
The group added the move represented an investment of £60million into Newham and would create 150 jobs.
The plans will be discussed at this week's strategic development committee.