Planning permission has been granted for a new 19-storey hotel in the heart of Paddington.
The site in Sheldon Square will house the skyscraper, which will accommodate up to 200 bedrooms and suites, and has been designed by architects Carmody Groarke for developer British Land.
Planners at Westminster City Council gave the building, dubbed the Gateway Building, the green light in October, despite concerns from The Canal and Rivers Trust, and residents who objected on the grounds of loss of light, views and privacy.
But British Land says the hotel will play a key role in an area which is preparing for a new railway line and station.
It said in a statement: “This new hotel at Paddington Central will play an important role in the continuing transformation of the wider area capitalising on the opening of the Elizabeth Line in 2018.
“We look forward to bringing this project forward as part of our long-term plans for Paddington Central.”
The building will have three lower ground levels, with one connecting to the new Elizabeth Line station.
The development includes bars, restaurants and retail space, and would follow the demolition of the existing office building.
The Canal and Rivers Trust did not object to the proposed hotel, but said it would cause further overshadowing of Grand Union Canal, something which had not been addressed in the application’s daylight and sunlight assessment.
The application has now been passed to London mayor Sadiq Khan for final approval.
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