Published: 06/01/2024 By Allan Fuller
Owner Coldunell Ltd, the applicant behind the scheme, plans to convert the landmark building on Lower Richmond Road into a boutique hotel ‘rivalling the best in Europe’. The council’s planning committee green-lit the plans for the venue, which also has an entrance on Putney Embankment, on Tuesday (12 December).
The hotel is set to have 24 guest rooms and suites, including some with views over the River Thames. It will also have a bistro which could be visited by non-residents as well as hotel guests.
Application documents said the venue was originally built around 1902 as a hotel, but later operated as a pub with function rooms. The documents said Coldunell Ltd then decided to take the venue back in hand in 2021. They added it felt the permitted scheme “was not appropriate” and put together new proposals. The documents said, “The objective is no longer a pub with rooms but rather a functioning boutique hotel with a good-quality restaurant serving not only guests but residents and visitors to the locality.” They added: “The project represents a step change in the life and perception of the Star and Garter with conversion to a high-quality, boutique hotel that is envisioned as a desirable destination for both locals and visitors alike.
“The standard of accommodation being proposed here, both in terms of design and in the guest offering, will rival that of the best boutique hotels in London and across Europe, drawing new visitors to Putney who otherwise might ordinarily choose to stay more centrally.”