Travelodge and offices could replace car wash in Loughton

A car wash in Loughton could be demolished to make way for a new five-storey block of offices and a 100-bed hotel.

Construction company Higgins and Travelodge hotels have applied to Epping Forest District Council for the second phase of an office block development in Langston Road, Loughton.

The site proposed for the new Travelodge and offices is currently occupied by a car wash and storage for bicycles and bins, according to a design and access statement submitted alongside the proposals.

Debden London Underground station and junction five of the M11 motorway are both close to the site, with the block visible from both, the statement says.

The new building would be constructed next to “phase one,” an existing Higgins office block which was completed in 2005.

A section of the statement read: “The Higgins Group wish to remain on the site, but require a new high-quality office space delivering a net internal floor area of approximately 1,850m2 (20,000sq/ft) over five storeys of accommodation, to suit their current operational needs.”

A later section read: “Travelodge have specific room type mix and floor layout requirements for all of their hotel buildings. A specific design brief has been established with Travelodge and Higgins Group for this application site during the last year.”

The office building and application site is contained in its own grounds, enclosed by boundary railings, fencing and plants, according to the statement.

Permission to change the existing office block to 57 flats was granted by the council in September 2021, although this has not been implemented.

However, the statement says this “remains a consideration and option” for Higgins Group.

According to the statement, the site for the new office block and hotel is in the Langston Road and Oakwood Hill employment area, in which the redevelopment or extension of existing business is encouraged by the council’s development plan.


Charlie Ridler

Local Democracy Reporter