Plans unveiled for hotel and flats on former Hindu temple site
Plans have been unveiled for a huge hotel and residential complex on the site of a former Hindu temple.
The massive site which stretches almost a block from 180 to 214 Upper Tooting Road, Tooting, used to include the Sivayogam Temple until May when it was evicted by landlord Barrowfen.
The eviction sparked anger throughout the community, not least because monks were forced out and sacred artefacts seized until a court order restored them to the temple trustees.
Planning consultants, Peter Pendleton and Associates, have just launched a public consultation on its plans to create an 83-room hotel, four shops and 75 rooms for students.
In May Barrowfen confirmed that it was hoping to get a Travelodge on the site.
A consultation document said that the distinctive facade on Upper Tooting Road would be retained but the run-down and outdated buildings and the former temple building would be demolished.
It said: "The scheme has been designed to carefully protect and enhance and facilities of nearby residents and maintain business activity in the local area.
"The proposal takes into account the council’s guidance and any comments received previously from nearby residents and local groups."
Plans can be viewed in the Community Housing Centre, Cowick Road, Tooting, Monday to Friday, until August 15, between 9am-5pm.
An exhibition is also taking place in Mushkil Aasann, Upper Tooting Road, Tooting on August 4 and August 11 between 9am-5pm, with the chance to ask questions.
Anybody wishing to comment on the consultation can download a copy on pendleton-assoc.com and email to email@example.com
The Sivayogam Temple has since moved to a new home in Elmwood Road, Croydon, with plans to purchase the site as a freehold.
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