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Kingston development round-up

Published on Friday, 30 September 2016

There’s a fair bit of new development taking place in Kingston and the wider area so we’ve put together a round-up of some of the major schedules. 

 

Latchmere Prison

 

Located on the Kingston-Richmond border, Berkeley Homes is redeveloping the former prison site into 73 homes. The Kingston Guardian published an artist’s impression (Latchmere Prison Redevelopment) of the development which the house builder describes as Georgian and Victorian inspired apartments. The site will provide 42 homes in Richmond and 31 in Kingston with 12 of them affordable homes which will be shared between the two boroughs.

 

Cambridge Road Estate

 

Plans have been unveiled by Kingston Council to revitalise the Cambridge Road estate (Cambridge Road Regeneration) to build 2,000 new homes.

 

The scheme is being funded with £46.2m earmarked by former Mayor Boris Johnson to create a housing zone.

 

Three options have been put forward by the council. The first would be to leave the four main tower blocks and regenerate the rest of the estate; the second would keep the Madingley and Brinkley blocks but rebuild the rest of the estate; and the third would see the entire estate demolished and 1,980 new homes built which the council describes as resulting in a ‘safer and more secure environment through a complete redesign’.

 

Local people can have their say on the three options (The Future of the Cambridge Road Estate) following the launch of the consultation process at the estate’s Crest Fun Day on 3 September. Once feedback has been analysed, the preferred option will be put before Kingston Council’s Growth Committee in March next year for a decision. 

 

Views can be logged at kingston.gov.uk/CRERegen or by visiting the Housing Office, 5 - 8 Tadlow on the Cambridge Road Estate where a hard copy of the survey can be collected. The consultation closes on 23 October 2016. 

 

North Kingston

 

We are awaiting the outcome of the public consultation, which closed in early September, to redevelop parts of north Kingston. It was the third time plans have been put forward to locals whose opinions were sought in 2012 and again in 2014. The proposal includes centrally located homes and new pedestrian and cycle routes.


The old post office

 

The redevelopment of the old post office site to build a 16-storey apartment block were approved in February although many locals remain opposed to the plans which were the fourth to be submitted by developer St George (The Old Post Office Site). Originally, a 21-storey tower was proposed whilst a 12-storey bookend building was reduced to eight.  Yellow brickwork was also incorporated to blend in with surrounding buildings.

 

Eden Walk

 

Plans were approved earlier in the summer to redevelop Eden Walk (Eden Walk Approval) to create 400 new homes, 18,000 sqm of retail space, leisure facilities and offices.

 

Cocks Crescent

 

The outcome of the consultation on the redevelopment of New Malden’s Cocks Crescent site is also awaited. Councillors came under scrutiny from local residents (New Malden Cock's Crescent) who questioned whether the area could support 520 new homes and a new community hub including fears of overburdening the local junior school and increased traffic. 

 

Toby Jug, Tolworth

 

Plans to create 705 new homes at the former Toby Jug site in Tolworth put forward by developers Meyer Burgman were rejected in July (Tolworth Plans Rejected) due to the impact of increased traffic around the Tolworth roundabout.

 

New crossing in Kingston

 

Compared to several majordevelopment projects, plans to create a £120k crossing at Tolworth Greenway (Tolworth Greenway Crossing) may not seem quite so exciting although after first being mooted two years ago, the fact it is back on the agenda could well be music to the ears of local residents. The pelican crossing is likely to be placed near Marks and Spencer. 

 

Retailers Close

  

Unfortunately, we have seen a number of retailers close their doors recently (Kingston Store Closures) in the town’s Bentall Shopping Centre. 

 

HMV, which had occupied one of the biggest stores in the centre, moves to a smaller unit in October taking one of the two spaces vacated by Toys R Us, which shut up shop after two years in September, and Cafe Giardino, which closed in August after 15 years of trading. 


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