CREATE Planning and Design’s success The White Hart PB, Hortholt for hotel redevelopment 21.10.2021

CREATE Design are proud to announce that the Planning Committee at the London Borough of Ealing endorsed their officer’s and GLA’s recommendation to approve planning permission and listed building consent for the restoration and extension of the White Hart Pub, a Grade II listed building and erection of a 103 bed hotel and flexible retail space with public realm and open space.

With it being the largest development the area have seen for many years, the Committee were particularly pleased with the quality of the design and the benefits that the development would bring to the local community, amongst these being the regeneration of the site, restoration of the pub, provision of public realm, provision of community facilities etc.

CREATE Planning’s success Office-to-residential conversion allowed despite policy conflict 24.08.2021


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CREATE Planning achieved approval for the conversion of an office to a two-bedroom apartment in a key office area of southwest London was approved despite conflict with local plan policies aiming to retain employment uses.

Comments from the Council and the inspector.
The proposed development would result in the loss of a small office unit to residential use. The inspector held that whilst this would run against the 2018 local plan which strictly protected this office in this area from the change of use proposed, it would be in accordance with the broader policy provisions concerning offices in the more recently published 2021 London Plan which supported the release of surplus office floorspace to other uses including residential.

The council had argued the office was not surplus because it had lost over 30 per cent of office floorspace since 2017 and had made Article 4 Directions to prevent changes of use under the GPDO. However, because of the particular circumstances of this case, the inspector held the proposed change of use would not materially harm the range of office premises, particularly for small and medium sized business activities in the borough’s centres, which the local plan sought to protect. These circumstances included the fact the office could be lost under Class E of the GPDO to another commercial, business or service use without planning permission anyway and the size of this office, its non-level access and displaced parking resulted in it having been unsuccessfully marketed for office use for over two and a half years, making a conversion under the new Class E more likely.

Furthermore, the inspector felt the change of use to residential would reduce the risk of harm from potential alternative commercial uses under Class E to the living conditions of occupiers above and below the appeal unit in the same block. He concluded it would add one further dwelling to housing supply and it would contribute to affordable housing in the borough, social benefits which weighed in favour of the proposal. 

Inspector: Patrick Whelan; Hearing

CREATE Planning’s success following a Public Inquiry on an enforcement appeal 02.05.2020


CREATE Planning acted as an expert witness and successfully challenged an enforcement notice, issued by LB Hackney in relation to an unlawful change of use of a warehouse to residential following the grant of prior approval. Enforcement action was issued and the prior approval notifications (for the ground floor and first floor) were deemed no longer valid on the basis that some operational work had taken place to the building (installation of and closing off windows and doors, erection of a fire escape staircase etc). A fall back position was not available as an Article 4 Direction was imposed following the issue of prior approval.

The appeal was successful under Ground C (i.e. lawfully implemented) in relation to the ground floor as the Inspector set out that provided the change of use was compliant with the approved plans internally, any other development that is done before/after/at same time does not invalidate that prior approval and therefore irrelevant whether or not the other operational works are started before use is implemented. This is significant for developers wanting to use prior approvals and undertake changes to the exterior as provided they comply with internal plans, only the external works are at risk of enforcement and not the use (and given they mostly improve the building are likely to be granted retrospectively anyway).

Ground C was not successful in relation to the first floor as this was found to be not validly implemented as a soundproofing condition was not complied with prior to commencement. However, Ground A was successful where, despite the studio units not meeting National Space Standards, a housing report on safety/fitness for use and evidence from the tenants were both instrumental on obtaining success.

CREATE secured consent for a 40 bedrooms micro-hotel in Greenwich 26.02.2020


CREATE worked closely with Greenwich Council to secure a high-quality heritage-led development adjacent to Woolwich Centre Conservation Area and Woolwich Arsenal Station. The scheme was consented on 25.02.2020 at planning committee following a long and interesting debate with the planning committee members.

CREATE’s Atrium Point has been shortlisted for Best Build to Rent development at Inside Housing Development Awards 2019 27.11.19

Atrium Point for Network Homes has been shortlisted for Best Build to rent development at Inside Housing Development Awards 2019.

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CREATE’s Atrium Point awarded Bronze for Best Build to Rent Project, Best Regeneration Scheme and Best Interior Design at What House? Awards 2019 15.11.19


Atrium Point for Network Homes has been awarded a What House? Bronze Winner for Best Build To Rent Project, Best Regeneration Scheme and Best Interior Design at What House? Awards 2019. “The focal point is the development’s atrium, while a walkway overlooking the atrium connects two of the scheme’s blocks, lighting up communal corridors”, as mentioned on the Judges’ Report.

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CREATE Europe launched in Portugal 01.11.19

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We are very excited to announce the launch of CREATE Europe in Porto, Portugal. This move allows CREATE to continue developing and growing. The team has made a start on a project in Algarve and is now developing projects elsewhere, including Lisbon. The local team is led by Jose Antunes - Senior Architect. CREATE is providing services in Portugal through a combination of local staff and support from our offices in the UK. Our expertise and services include high-end small to large scale residential projects, hotels and public buildings, especially in the education and charity sectors. CREATE offer a competitive and high-quality service, we can assist from pre-acquisition through design and construction to completion. More information there:


CREATE’s mentorship awarded at Inette Austin-Smith Work Experience Competition 29.10.19

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CREATE are delighted that Inette Austin-Smith work experience competition has awarded a work experience student with CREATE South West as their mentors. More information there:

CREATE’s Newcourt Building at Havering Sixth Form College breaks ground 02.08.19


CREATE are delighted that work has begun on phase two of the Newcourt building at Havering Sixth Form College to provide a new teaching block for the college, more updates to follow soon.

CREATE at Allsop Football Charity Festival 12.06.19


Having battled through a couple of unlucky group games where we could have nicked a point or two, our high point came in the third game where Karim (our golden boot winner) scored a last gasp winner to send us through to the quarter finals. Unfortunately, we met our match in the quarters and lost to the eventual winners. Nevertheless, really well done to everybody who played; it was a great afternoon with lots of networking, even more beers and a little football too. More information at:

CREATE gained planning consent for the second phase of Park View Place 20.05.19

CREATE gained planning consent for the second phase of the Kellogg Tower Masterplan in Ealing, known as Park View Place, for Interland Group. The second phase comprises 346 residential units (Including PRS), a restaurant, a café and a creche.

CREATE South West at the Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show 05.05.19

CREATE South West had a successful weekend at the Cornwall Home & Lifestyle Show on the 4th and 5th May weekend, at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge. More information on the show at:

CREATE Planning win the appeal for a high-end project in Carlyon Bay 05.04.19

CREATE Planning are delighted to have won a recent appeal for the erection of five high-end apartments within the prestigious settlement of Carlyon Bay. CREATE successfully argued that, despite concerns, no undue harm would occur on the existing neighbouring properties and that the development would make a positive contribution to the street scene. Of note is the fact that the Inspector ruled that exceeding a Five Year Housing Land Supply is not a reasonable reason to refuse an application when it accords with the Development Plan for an area. A common tactic used by those wishing to see a development proposal refused.

CREATE in BITA’s 3rd issue of NetWorks 08.02.19

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Click on the link below to read more about CREATE’s views on sustainable cities in the online version of the magazine.

CREATE gains planning consent for Columbia House 09.01.19

Columbia House comprises of 146 units with a ground floor commercial space.

CREATE Christmas Party 2018

Everyone had a terrific time at our black tie Christmas party which was hosted at Richmond Golf Club - a beautiful Grade I listed building.

IDEAS TASTING - Well-being in the Work Place 26.11.18

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The Annual Lecture & Dinner at the National Maritime Museum, Cornwall 23.11.18


Jason, the new chair for the RIBA Cornwall branch, hosted an annual dinner at the National Maritime Museum in conjunction with the Cornwall Architectural Trust.

The dinner was followed by a talk from Jamie Fobert, who designed the Tate extension in St. Ives and was shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize.

CREATE's project at 74 Putney Bridge Rd is almost completed 07.11.2018


Laura, the lead Architect, showed off the project she worked on for 16 months.

Melissa, Paul and Natalie passed their professional exams 11.10.18

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Congratulations to Melissa, Paul and Natalie for passing their professional exams. Melissa and Paul have passed their Part III exams and Natalie has qualified as a Chartered Architectural Technologist with CIAT. A very well done and well deserved.

Jason was voted in at the Tate, St. Ives to be the new chair of the RIBA Cornwall branch 25.09.18


CREATE welcomes back Imran who has now completed his Masters Degree in Architecture 01.08.18

CREATE are proud to welcome back Imran to the team who has now completed his Masters Degree in Architecture.

Imran’s stellar thesis project has won several awards, most notably the Make Architects Award for Excellence in Architecture.

He also featured in the AJ with a nomination in the AJ Student Prize 2018.

CREATE completed a charity project for Fourfields Primary School and turned a Bus into a Library 18.07.18


We were delighted to attend the grand opening on Monday 16 July 2018.

As part of our charity program, CREATE have worked closely with Fourfields Primary School to transform a double decker bus into a school library.


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CREATE's project at 74 Putney Bridge Rd is on site and progressing well 12.07.18

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CREATE at MAA Architects Annual Summer Networking Event 22.06.18


CREATE supported England at Chestertons Polo in the Park Event 10.06.18


CREATE delivered crucial BIM project support to ongoing Caroline Street Development 04.06.18

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IDEAS TASTING - BREXIT: What is the impact on the Construction Sector? 18.05.18

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CREATE at National Surveyors Rugby 7 Networking Event at Richmond Athletic Ground 10.05.18

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CREATE's growth is taking a new step in Cornwall 04.05.18


CREATE DESIGN+ARCHITECTURE acquired Lipscomb Jones Architects to support its growth across the South of the UK.

CREATE has been growing exponentially over the past 5 years to become an established architecture and planning multi-consultancy practice.

By extending its geographical presence to South-West England, CREATE are now 40+ strong and will improve the range of services offered to current and future clients.

CREATE at Tsunami Axis & Herman Miller 2018 Poker Tour 22.03.18

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Thank you to Tsunami Axis & Herman Miller for inviting us to their 2018 Poker Tour. Well done to Melissa for making it to the last table of the final on 22 March 2018 and to all

CREATORS who went to support her. All of us had a great time and we look forward to next year’s Poker Tour!

CREATE's BIM Co-ordinator Paul at GRAPHISOFT's BIM in Practice Conference 08.03.18

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Paul, CREATE's BIM Co-ordinator presented the evolution of our BIM strategy and the way we use ARCHICAD at GRAPHISOFT's BIM in Practice Conference in March 2018.

" We've put together industry experts, architects and technology leaders to explain what implementing BIM has done to help drive their businesses forward." GRAPHISOFT

CREATE - AECOM - HERMAN MILLER - Delivery of the built environment in 2035 16.02.18

CREATE's Director Jason, Cornwall RIBA's Vice-chair at Exeter University 31.01.18

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Jason, the Vice-chair from the Cornwall branch, attended the RIBA Wessex and RIBA South West Joint Council meeting at Exeter University on the 31st January 2018.

Jason, representing the RIBA, also joined the judging panel for the Devon and Cornwall Concrete Society Awards 2017. Awards category’s include civil, structural, architectural, small projects and overall project of the year categories. This year’s annual charity lunch (on behalf of the Children’s Hospice, South West) and regional awards is held in Plymouth on Friday 9th February 2018.

CREATE at PropSki 2018 for a great skiing and networking event 13.01.18

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IDEAS TASTING - Physical and Mental Health in the Construction Sector 03.01.18

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CREATE celebrates annual Christmas party with a darts tournament at the Flight Club Shoreditch


Let the countdown to the summer party begin!

CREATE made it for the first time in Building's top 150 UK Firm 06.10.17


CREATE was awarded the Finance Monthly 'Advisory Firm of the Year 2017'  22.09.17


PLANNING is granted for Rear of 4-10 Fontenoy Road (High-end Single Home) 01.09.17


PLANNING is granted for 49 High Street (111 units) 01.08.17

CREATORS' visit at the Executive Talk: Business of Design 27.06.17

Creators with Sheela Sogard at the Penthouse of South Bank Tower

Creators with Sheela Sogard at the Penthouse of South Bank Tower

Panel discussion led by Marcus Fairs, Founder of Dezeen

Panel discussion led by Marcus Fairs, Founder of Dezeen

From left to right: BIG CEO Sheela Søgaard, ZHA Global Head of People & Talent Caroline Roberts & Design Haus Liberty Founder Dara Huang

From left to right: BIG CEO Sheela Søgaard, ZHA Global Head of People & Talent Caroline Roberts & Design Haus Liberty Founder Dara Huang

IDEAS TASTING - Gender Balance and Diversity in the Construction Sector 23.06.17

The second Ideas Tasting was completed today. Create Design+Architecture hosted the Ideas Tasting on Gender Balance and Diversity in the construction industry. The panel had an extensive discussion on the issues proposing different ideas and solutions which are going to be published on our website soon. The 23rd of June is also the "International Women in Engineering Day", more information on

CREATE was awarded the ArchiCAD 'New Practice Project of the Year 2017'  25.05.17

IDEAS TASTING - Press Release of our February's Ideas Testing 15.05.17

Create Design+Architecture, Better Bankside and the British and Irish Trade Alliance are proud to share the results of our February 2017’s Ideas Tasting on how to improve the UK Planning System. Create Design + Architecture have pioneered Ideas Tasting, a new way of networking with the aim of ideas creation within the built environment sector. The first Ideas Tasting session was hosted in collaboration with Better Bankside and the British and Irish Trade Alliance.

PLANNING is granted for Kingswood Station 10.03.17

Meet our new ARCHICAD BIM Manager 11.01.17

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Paul, our BIM Coordinator, has passed his training program with flying colours and become a GRAPHISOFT Certified ArchiCAD BIM Manager. CONGRATULATIONS PAUL! If you want to find out more about our BIM process and how it could assist you on your projects please get in touch for an informal chat at

IDEAS TASTING - A new type of networking event hosted by CREATE 06.01.17

The first Ideas Tasting for 2017 will be on FRIDAY 17th FEBRUARY 2017.

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Charity Award 2016 - The winner is STEPNEY CITY FARM 19.12.16


On 13 October 2016 CREATE received a High Court Judgment Quashing the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan. CREATE were part of the team that gained an allocation for a site location in Henfield allocated under a SHLAA in 2014 but it was subsequently excluded from the Neighbourhood Plan in 2016.

The site is subject to an appeal which hinges on the allocation in the Neighbourhood Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan was quashed in the High Court as The Hon. Mrs Justice Patterson DBE agreed with the case that Neighbourhood Plans need to be evidence based. This is the first successful appeal against a Neighbourhood Plan in the UK.

It will serve as a benchmark in ensuring such plans meet a high quality threshold and is victory for good design.

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CREATE vs AJ100 19.10.16


Charity Award 2016 - Call for projects 06.09.16

CREATE are now 30+ people / 24 countries 01.09.16


TRESPA® selected CREATE and Copthall School 21.07.2016

CREATE's Serpen-trip to the SERPENTINE 05.07.2016

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Pierre is running for a seat at the RIBA National Council Elections 22.06.2016

Election opens Monday 4 July 2016. More information on the RIBA 2016 Elections are available below:


1500 dwellings under permitted development 08.06.2016

Create have gained planning approval for over 1500 dwellings by change of use under permitted development in the last 3 years. More than 800 of these dwellings have been completed or are under construction.

Southbury House is almost complete 19.05.2016

Southbury House is an office to residential conversion for 124 dwellings.The project included re-cladding the entire building and it is almost finished, completed photographs to follow soon.

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Charity Quiz to support the Manna Society 09.05.2016

Thanks to Boyer, we were very happy to be part of this great event to support the Manna Society.

BITA Construction Network Lunch 22.04.2016

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As an active member of BITA, we were delighted to introduce our work to members and guests.

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