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49 Newman Street London W1T 3DZ
Partial demolition including rear facades and fourth floor mansard roof; a new brick elevation at fourth floor and mansard roof at fifth floor; rear extension; installation of new shopfront and windows; re-configuration of entrances; repair of retained elevations; extension of the chimney stack; basement excavation; connection of the basement, ground and fifth floors to 50-57 Newman Street in connection with hotel use (Class C1), continued use of the first, second, third and fourth floors as self-contained residential flats (Class C3); private terrace at rear fifth floor level in connection with the hotel use and associated external works.
FitzWest Neighbourhood Forum have objected for the following reasons:
49 Newman Street is rightly identified as an Unlisted Building of Merit in the Charlotte Street West Conservation Area Audit and the draft Fitzrovia West Neighbourhood Plan. The building stands on the corner of Newman and Mortimer Streets and contributes considerably to the Conservation Area and street scene. It currently has a mix of commercial and residential uses and is graceful in its proportions and use of traditional materials.
The current application will destroy the unity and integrity of the building by altering its vertical proportions and effectively unifying it with the adjoining hotel through the creation of a passageway between the two buildings.
We also object to the proposed four flats which, as 2-bedroom units (4 person?) are totally inadequate in terms of floor area (GIA). The London Plan specifies a minimum of 70 sqm + 2 for storage for a 3-person unit and 79 sqm + 2 for storage for a 4-person unit. In all the flats there is minimal storage space indicated and the Kitchen/living room dining room is totally inadequate. A larger unit could easily be created by combining the 3rd and 4th floors into a reasonably sized unit as required by the City Plan.
We thus object strongly to: the breach in the party wall between no.49 and the hotel; the increase in height and loss of the building’s integrity within the Conservation Area; the increase in C1 floorspace and loss of E uses; the inadequate layout and design of the four flats to create acceptable space standards; and the lack of at least one larger unit suitable for family accommodation.
The building should be fully restored as a single entity for commercial uses in basement and ground floor with residential above with at least one larger unit.
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