CRE Regeneration & Hawks Clinic

As the biggest development in Kingston for 50 years, there is no doubt the CRE regeneration will have a major impact on our area. And, whilst there is little disagreement that the Cambridge Road Estate does need redeveloping, it's also clear that the proposed creation of 1,400 extra homes (a 160% increase) - plus the unconnected Hawks Clinic redevelopment - will have a huge impact on the neighbourhood and local services.

Despite the SSRA’s continued efforts to engage with the CRE developers (RBK and Countryside), many of our objections – particularly around the height, positioning & scale of tall buildings at the CRE boundaries next to existing two and three storey Victorian and Edwardian properties – remain ignored. The effect of the new design will be to dwarf and dominate the surrounding streets, completely changing the area’s character as well as impacting on the privacy of residents.

The Council has still not clarified how it plans to address the additional pressures on already pressurised existing facilities – from transport to parking and health facilities to schools – when they introduce an extra 4,000 residents to the estateGreater density will also mean more traffic across all our roads. From new resident access to deliveries, there’s no doubt there will be a knock-on effect for households bordering the development during and after regeneration.

The residents living around the boundary of the Cambridge Road Estate are key stakeholders in its regeneration. Their views are important because they risk being adversely affected by the development and, for example, having to live with poor design decisions. They will also have to live with the associated impact on their lives over a period of at least 12 to 15 years as the estate is demolished and rebuilt. 

The most recent project timelines - as per December 2023 - can be seen here

All official developer documents connected with the CRE regeneration are available on and the planning application (& +500 planning-related documents) can be viewed here.  

The SSRA Alliance's objection letter to the planning application can be viewed here and the wider CRE objections from across the borough here

The SSRA Alliance's objection letter to the neighbouring Hawks Clinic application can be viewed here.