Sunborn yacht to return to Royal Docks but Newham Council reject 20 storey hotel
Newham Council's planning committee has approved the latest plans by Sunborn to bring a yacht back to the Royal Docks.
The decision was made on Tuesday evening at the same time as councillors rejected plans for a 20-storey hotel nearby to where the ship will be placed.
In 2011, Sunborn won approval from the council to build a brand new yacht and place it by the Excel for a minimum of 15 years.
However, it returned to ask to amend those plans and, rather than construct a new vessel, wanted to place a refurbished 10-year-old yacht at the site.
The latest plans received nine objections from the community. Among them were concerns the design of the refurbished ship "did not match the modern futuristic yacht that was originally granted permission".
However, Sunborn maintained the yachts would be the same size and its managing director Andrew Shaw said the refurbished ship would "look fantastic and add to the area's on-going regeneration".
No date has been given for when the yacht, currently in Finland ahead of the refurbishment, will arrive in Newham.
Another Sunborn yacht was previously based at the Royal Docks before being sold to the Nigerian government in 2008.
- Meanwhile, a 20 storey hotel planned for the Royal Docks was rejected. A Newham planning officer dismissed the scheme for its design and lack of sustainability principles.
The 223 bed scheme had already been approved in 2010 and Jade Investments Worldwide Limited had applied to renew that agreement.
However, a report by planning officer Jo Negrini criticised the lack of detail in the hotel's design, quoting the council's urban design officer as saying: "The quality of the submitted plans is so poor that is makes it impossible to understand what the final appearance of the building will be."
The scheme for the site at Western Gateway, next to the Excel Centre, was approved three years ago despite the council's review planel raising serious concerns.
However, since then there has been a number of changes to local and national planning policy concerning design.
On a similar note, during consultation the Greater London Authority said the proposals have no details on how it complies with the London Plan 2011 in regards to energy policies.
The committee voted against the scheme.