Planning permission for a 700-room conference hotel to be built at Battersea Power Station has been submitted by the site's owner, Parkview International.
The company has already secured permission for a 400-room resort hotel within the development, as well as offices, product showcase pavillions and residential accommodation. There are also plans for the complex to provide a permanent theatre for the Montreal-based troupe of street performers, Cirque du Soleil. Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.
The power station itself is designed to become a 135,000 sq m entertainment complex with retail outlets, cafes, bars, restaurants and cinemas. The development will be supported by a major new transport infrastructure including a railway station on-site, which will act as a terminus for a dedicated shuttle train service to and from Victoria station.
Commenting on the planning approval, president of Parkview Victor Hwang said: 'Our ambition to create a major urban landmark respecting the power station's status as one of London's great buildings can now be realised.'
Councillor Edward Lister, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said he believed that there was 'a real opportunity for the power station to become a major destination for London.'
But pressure group Battersea Power Station Community Group has raised several objections to the plans. These include the lack of provision for affordable housing and concerns over traffic and pollution.