Local development & planning updates, proposals and consultations

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Planning applications, Jan 2017 in Canbury and Tudor wards:

16/13247- Kingston Riverside Club cic, Canbury Gardens,  KT2 5AJ - planning application  to upgrade flood lighting mounted on an unsafe scaffold pole to LED lighting mounted on safe green poles within the Riverside North conservation area. Application type: Full Application, not yet valid 

16/13215 - Co-op Kings Rd . Extension to provide additional first and second floor of 8 apartments and erection of 2 semi detached dwellings. Click here for link

16/13238 - 42A Albany Park Road. Installation of telecoms equipment on rooftop with equipment cabinets at ground level.
Click here for link

APPEAL 16/12754/TEL - Scout Hut telecoms equipment . CTIL and Vodaphone has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against the decision by RBK to refuse permission for installation of a 10.5m monopole and associated equipment. Click here for link

APPEAL decision 14/13036 - Shell Petrol Station, Richmond Rd.
Appeal granted for demolition of existing commercial building & Jetwash, replaced by new larger commercial building. Click here for link


Several planning consultations came out over summer 2016 - 

RBK DRAFT [PART OF] NORTH KINGSTON PLAN at http://kingston.limehouse.co.uk/file/4066515 - public consultation from 8 July to 5 September 2016 

KINGSTON'S "DIRECTION OF TRAVEL" Consultation Draft, June 2016
Kingston’s “Direction of Travel” (on local growth and development) consultation available for comment until 29th August at http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/direction_of_travel

"GO CYCLE" consultations 
Kingston Council’s Go Cycle proposals – 4 new routes are now being consulted on, ending on 18th July. You can access the consultations at http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/go/consultations_summer_2016/ or go to specific ones : Surbiton to Kingston area at http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/go/consultations_summer_2016/go_cycle_-_kingston_to_surbiton_area_consultation; Fountain Roundabout New Malden at http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/go/consultations_summer_2016/go_cycle_-_fountain_roundabout_new_malden; Kingston Station Area at http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/go/consultations_summer_2016/go_cycle_-_kingston_station_area_consultation; Wheatfield Way at http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/go/consultations_summer_2016/go_cycle_-_wheatfield_way_area 

GAS HOLDER SITE - developer's newsletter, October 2015

You may have received a letter from the Council about the application to increase the height of the gas works site opposite Sainsbury, dated 5th August and comments should be made within 28 days.

Berkeley Homes are requesting permission to move the entrance to the development to the Richmond Road site and to increase the height at the southern end of the development to 9 storeys. When they submitted their original application they were asked to reverse the development so that the higher end was nearer the station. At that point they said that was not possible because of overshadowing. Sunlight must now be different. 

In principle it is good to move the entrance to the Richmond Park side which is easier for the station but I am concerned about the extra height , shadowing and the potential for wind tunnelling as a result of increased height. We should encourage the Council to commission their own studies on these effects and not rely on the developer. 

The plans can be viewed on the council website at www.kingston.gov.ukIf you have concerns please email development.management@kingston.gov.uk quoting reference number 15/12787/FUL. 

The proposal to build a student block on the Kingsgate development to the south of the gas works got the go ahead at appeal. Expect an application to increase the height of this development soon.


Application for a 14 metre telecoms mast on the Shell Garage site, 164 Richmond Road, has now been registered with the Planning Department, Ref: 15/12626. You can write to the Planning Department or submit a comment directly from the web-page for the planning application. The current closing date for comments on this application is 24-Jul-2015.  Please note this date can change over the lifetime of the application.


End of July
Berkley Homes have applied to amend their original planning application. The changes being proposed are to the southern end of the development. Mathew Mainwaring reported to local residents on 30/7 on behalf of Berkeley Homes, as follows: 
- The Kingsgate site (the old business centre) has been sold by Goldcrest and the purchaser is keen to start building the student block as soon as possible. This has caused Berkeley to rethink. They now wish to move the entrance from the western end to the southern end of the developement on the Richmond Road.
- They are proposing to increase the height of the block on the southern end from 7 storeys to 9 storeys. This is enable them to squeeze in another 17 units. The net gain will be about £5 to £8 million in terms of revenue. Of these 17 units eight will be affordable units. Affordable housing salary requirements are defined by the GLA. The new 9 storey block will be 41 metres high. This is the same height as the northern end.

July 9
Work has begun on clearing the site, and on 9th July there was a stakeholder's meeting with the site developers,
who are very keen to accommodate residents' concerns. They stressed that if anybody has an issue they should phone Richard Bell, the project manager who is on site. His number is 07790 743043 and he will seek to address any issues as soon as he can. There is also a web address  which is kingstongasworks@berkeleygroup.co.uk You can see the presentation at the meeting here  and read the developer's June newsletter (newsletter #1) here.

The key issues that arose at the stakeholders' meeting were:
1. Demolition of gas holders 75% complete. This is causing the thumping noise that should go away when complete.
2.  Site hours 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday. 8am to one pm Saturday. Except bank holidays. Completion due Summer 2018. First resident to move in around mid-2018.
3. Development name not decided. Suggested they ask resident groups for ideas.
4. Agreed there was a problem with lorries arriving at 7.00am. They have been asked to arrive later. Controlling individual drivers difficult. Struggling at first. Gate marshals now in place. They now also have own road sweeper.
5. Residents reported seeing construction traffic trying to get to the Gas Works site via Lower King’s Road. Developer will put up signs saying NO CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC ACCESS at the King's Road/Richmond Road junction.
6. Residents have noticed a dramatic increase in black dust inside and outside the house since the work started. Developer is monitoring dust and will increase use of bowsers to minimise.
7. Pollution and noise readings are being monitored and data is available to residents on request.
8. 20% of all jobs on  site to local people. Contact Richard @ 07990 743 043 richard.bell@berkeleygroup.co.uk if you know of anybody looking for employment.
9.  Date for next update: Thursday 17th September in Sainsbury's again.

May-June 2015 update:

PROPOSAL: Demolition of non-listed buildings. Erection of new buildings of 4 to 19 storeys in height and part demolition, alterations and change of use of Former Post Office and Former Telephone Exchange listed buildings to provide 2637sqm of retail/ cafe/ restaurant uses (A1-A5 use), 1127 sqm of offices (B1) and 253sqm of community/leisure (D1/D2 use) and 360 flats.  
The above application will be presented to the Development Control Committee on 2nd June to allow the applicant to present the scheme and for objectors to express their views directly to the Councillors. The purpose of the meeting is not for the Committee to make any decision on the application but rather for Members to gain full understanding of the proposal and the issues raised.

April 2015 updates:
- Gas Works site -
work is due to start soon
- GALA Bingo Hall - work due to start soon
- The Old Post Office site -
revised planning application has been submitted, current closing date for comments 13th May, 2015. Conservation and re-sue of listed buildings still there, with some community space in the former Post Office building, and tallest building now 19 storeys.
- Tudor Drive phone mast application was turned down.

Phone mast application, North Kingston, Feb 2015
Vodafone and 02 have applied to Kingston Council for permission to install a phone mast at the junction of Tudor Drive and Park Road, intended to improve 2G and 3G coverage and provide new 4G coverage in north Kingston. It's likely to be large and ugly, but outside our area - if the appearance or health implications worry you, the deadline for objections is March 6th.

Old Post Office site, Ashdown Road, Jan-Feb 2015 
There have been several exhibitions in the former Sorting Office and opportunities for comment (see below) since St George acquired the site in 2014, and the planning application went in in December 2014. It's outside the CARA area but we all use the town centre so the development is of interest to local residents, though opinions will vary about it and about how visible the buildings will be from the CARA area. There has been much comment about the proposal for a 21-storey tower at the southern end of the site and several petitions opposing that are doing the rounds. -

North Kingston Development Brief, stage 2, 6-week consultation starts Sept 15 2014 - see http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200155/planning/847/planning_briefs_and_consultations. Public drop-in sessions in Kingston Market House on Mon 29 Sept and Tues 21 Oct, 5.00 - 9.00pm.

Gala Bingo Hall update  August 2014


Enquiries to:

Toby Feltham

Direct Line:

020 8547 4696


020 8547 5363





Notice of receipt of amendments to the planning application
Alterations, demolition & rebuilding of eastern annex to provide 7 storey extension, erection of 3 additional floors for use as non-residential institution/ assembly/ leisure use (D1/D2), bar/ restaurant (A3/A4), children's play centre (D1), offices (B1), dance studio (D2),15 serviced apartments, 14 flats and basement car park. Erection of single storey addition to school. at 22-30 (Gala Bingo Hall) Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT2 5ED. 
Copies of the revised plans are available for inspection at the Information & Advice Centre, Guildhall 2, between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. You can also view applications on the Council’s website www.kingston.gov.uk, which can be accessed at your local Library. If you would like to discuss the application with a planning officer, please telephone the case officer on the above number.Any additional comments should be submitted within 14 days of the date of this letter, quoting the above reference number.   If the application is considered by a Committee your written comments will be reported.

Velma boathouse listed, July 2014
The boathouse opposite Canbury Gardens is now Grade-2-listed despite objection from the developer. See below for more info about proposals to move it.

Sury Basin/GasHolder site development - important meeting 17 July 2014
The Development Control Committee meeting to discuss the application is at the Guildhall at 7.30 on Thursday 17th July, and anyone interested can attend. The Council received some 185 letters of objection, but the the planners have recommended acceptance. You can read the Council report at http://images.kingston.gov.uk/images_dellstore/DC/1412215/Image_373.pdf

Two town centre development proposals, exhibiting in the week beginning 7/7/14
http://www.kingstonguardian.co.uk/NEWS/11319404.Public_exhibitions_for_Eden_Walk_and_old_post_office___as_former_developer_pulls_out_of_Kingston/ Although these are beyond the CARA boundary, we all use central Kingston and have an interest in how it grows and develops, so do go along if you can to comment on:
- the redevelopment of Eden Walk shopping centre, exhibition/consultation onThurs 10 July, 12-8pm, Sat 12 July,10-4pm, Fri 18 July. 11-5pm in Unit 25-27 Eden Walk Shopping Centre next to H&M.
- the redevelopment of Ashdown Road/former Post Office site, which has recently been acquired by developer St George, exhibition/consultation on Thurs 10 July, 12.00 noon – 8.00pm, Fri 11th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm, Saturday 12th July, 10.00am – 5.00pm, in the Old Post Office, 42 Eden Street Kingston, (access off Ashdown Road) - see http://www.ashdowncarpark.co.uk/index.cfm? 

Sury Basin/GasHolder site development, June 2014
Two planning applications have been submitted for the Gas works site. The Berkeley application is to build an 11 storey development on the old gas cylinder site and the Goldcrest application is to build an 8 storey student block to the south of the site. There have been meetings about the development between representatives of CARA, Brag, Royal Quarter, Canbury Place Estates ,THINK and our local councillors.   

The council have rejected the Goldcrest application to build student accommodation on the site, as it was hoping to build a new school on site, but Goldcrest have decided to appeal. The appeal will be held in Kingston on 23rd September and residents need to get their comments in by 19 June if they wish to speak at the appeal. The planning application case number is APP/Z5630/A/14/2216307 and the planning portal is at http://www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk/pcsportal/ViewCase.asp?caseid=2216307&coid=69666, with a link at the bottom of the planning portal page to comment on this case.


Proposals for the former Regal Cinema/Bingo Hall on Richmond Road, update March 2014 The planning application can be found on the Council website at http://tinyurl.com/kingstongala, deadline for comments 21st March.See the story in the Surrey Comet (28/2/14) at  http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/11043050.Celebrity_chef__Curzon_cinema_and_8_000_sq_ft_penthouse_included_in_Kingston_Regal_Cinema_plans/

The proposals displayed at Tiffin school in June 2013 included the creation of several floors in the main part of the auditorium though not over the whole space, so it would remain fairly open with much of the original art deco paint- and plaster-work would  visible - the intention being for this to be a restaurant.  A vertical subdivision would make a "boutique cinema" out of the upper circle/tiered space (where the original floor was ripped out). The plans, which also include offices to the rear of the building and apartments built on the roof of the existing building, are not yet on the CNM website, but it's worth keeping keep an eye on the CNM and Council planning websites. 

The good news is that there are no plans for a night-club - and it does seem that the developers CNM are responding to at least some local suggestions, as reported in CARA's spring newsletter. CNM's schedule is to submit planning proposals this summer/autumn, followed by detailed designs, with construction starting in spring 2014 for completion and opening in 2015. 


Council reject proposals for site next to John Lewis, December 2013: The Surrey Comet reported on 20/12/13 that the Council had rejected plans for a "new arts quarter" on the edge of the CARA area, at Thameside Wharf, next to John Lewis. The proposal, for a tall block of flats with public space at ground level, was rejected because developer was not offering enough affordable housing. Recent planning decisions by the Council have sometimes been overturned on appeal - see http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/10897773.Fed_up_councillors_to_lobby_government_to__give_power_back_to_residents_ - so it remains to be seen what actually emerges on that site. (The plans for a hotel and flats on the old power station site on Skerne Road, now approaching completion, were rejected by Kingston Council but that decision was overruled on appeal).

Velma Boathouse proposal, October 2013 - this pretty little boathouse facing Canbury Gardens is threatened with being moved form the riverside and the site redeveloped. Click here for the request for support from our neighbours across the river in Richmond and to register for updates on the proposals and planning application, and click here for more details and pictures of the proposed building.
A mini-village on our doorstep? See Surrey Comet of 20/09/13. http://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/10684597.Mini_village_and_school_blueprint_for_Kingston_gasworks/?ref=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook. Good or bad?
Royal Borough of Kingston: North Kingston Development Brief – Consultation Document:  
You may be aware from recent press reports that the Council has been preparing a Development Brief for a major redevelopment site in North Kingston. The site area is bounded by Richmond Road, Sury Basin, Seven Kings Way and Kingsgate/ Sopwith Way as shown in the plan below. 
The identified area includes the Kingsgate/Sury Basin Gasholder site, following confirmation from SGN that it no longer needs to store natural gas at this site and has, therefore, permanently decommissioned and purged the facility. 
The Council has now received a letter from the Secretary of State endorsing the Order it made to revoke the hazardous substances consent on the site.
The Council has completed its preparation of the draft brief for consultation and would like to receive your comments before taking it to the next stage.
The purpose of the document is to provide a clear framework for the future comprehensive, phased redevelopment of both the gasholder site itself and the wider area around it, which comprises a number of adjoining sites including the Council owned Kingsgate/Canbury surface level car park.
The site is being promoted through the Council’s Kingston Futures Programme, which is an investment led programme to regenerate key areas of Kingston town centre. The Brief, when adopted, will be a material consideration in the determination of future planning applications within the identified area. Your views are being sought on three development options. Common to each of these options are the stopping up of Kingsgate Road to through traffic with new public space linking the site to Richmond Road (north-bound traffic will instead be routed up Seven Kings Way onto Sury Basin), and a linear park on a north to south axis that will improve links to the Railway Station from the site. The overall aims are:
  • to provide much needed market and affordable housing and education use, including a 2 form entry primary school on one of two possible sites, and community facilities;
  • to improve pedestrian and cycling linkages to surrounding areas, including to the town centre and the Riverside, and;
  • to provide more public open space and landscaping for North Kingston.
The consultation began on Tuesday 17th September and ends on Tuesday 22ndOctober, details of the three options can be viewed on the Council’s website: http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200155/planning/846/development_briefs Printed copies of the documents will also be available for inspection at both the Kingston and Tudor Libraries during their normal opening hours, and at the Information and Advice Centre on the ground floor of Guildhall 2.
We shall be holding two public drop-in sessions at Kingston College, Richmond Road on the evening of Tuesday 1st October between 5:30 – 9pm, and Tuesday 8th October between 5:30 – 9pm. Officers will be on hand to listen to your views, provide any further information and answer any questions you may have.
You can respond to the consultation by:
  • Emailing:ldf@rbk.kingston.gov.uk 
  • Writing to: The LDF Team, Guildhall 2, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU
We would appreciate your views on this document before the close of the consultation period on Tuesday 22nd October 2013.

The Latchmere House site
See http://www.latchmerehouse.co.uk. On Saturday 6th July, there was a Public Exhibition at Tiffin Girls’ School on Saturday 6th July from 10am to 4pm, to present Berkeley’s proposals for the development of the Latchmere House site for public consultation. Our neighbours from TARAK report that 25 flats are planned for Latchmere House, with 76 houses, including some social housing, on the rest of the site. This number of new homes will affect not only immediate neighbours, but local amenities including the Library, buses, roads, Post Office, doctor’s surgeries, schools etc, so is something to watch even though not in the CARA area.

September 2013: TARAK is pleased to report that Berkeley’s application to develop the Latchmere site will not seek additional vehicular access via Garth Road or Latchmere Lane. There will be access as at present from Church Road.

Power Station site (for updates see recent CARA newsletters)
SCHEDULE FOR GIANT BEAM DELIVERIES: 2, 3, 5, 11, 12, 16  April; 15, 25, 28 May; 8, 11, 15, 22 June... 2012
7/3/12 -  see the first photos in our Photo Album at http://e-voice.org.uk/cara/photos/album?album_id=7260138.
6/3/12 The first delivery of giant beams to the old Power Station site was due to be made on the morning of 6thMarch.  However, it didn’t happen because of an unforeseen incident, and will now go ahead tomorrow morning (7th) instead. Please tell us how it went for you, and take photos if you can!
UPDATE, 7/6/10 We are now told that the meeting on 10/6/10 and the letters sent out about it were a mistake - there is no such meeting on the RBK schedule.
MEETING There will be a Development Control Neighbourhoold Committee meeting at the Guildhall on 10 June at 7.30, to discuss yet another planning application for the Power Station site, apparently for the lower-rise proposal that seemed more popular with residents in 2008
PHOTOS of the evolving proposals can be seen at http://e-voice.org.uk/cara/photos/album?album_id=3052307.