Live Planning Applications
A Steering Group (ROYAL EXCHANGE KINGSTON) was assembled of around 30 local residents (many of whom had objected to the previous design), and one local councillor who is also a member of the planning committee. In order to review the design, four focused workshops were held, all of which were attended by St George, the architects, Soundings (the independent consultancy who arranged and chaired the workshops) and Steering Group members. A council officer, Robert Offord, also attended most of the workshops to observe the process on behalf of the council.
For more information on this group's activities please visit their dedicated site:
The Royal Exchange Kingston
February 2018 Exhibition
A drop-in exhibition of the process and the resulting planning application design staged at the Guildhall on February 16, 17 and 19.
May 2017: St George applied to
vary the approved planning application - to add 3 residences, change the residential mix and increase the height by less than 0.5 m. - News Blog
September 2016: with the S106 negotiations completed, construction work can now start on the site.
June 2016: St George applied to use the Old Post Office to house their Sales & Marketing suite for up to 5 years. - News Blog
Want to redesign the tower for the Old Post Office site?
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TOPO - Approved
On 25th February 2016 Councillors approved TOPO scheme by 6 votes to 5 despite not addressing the reasons for refusal given last time.
Background info here
Tesco site - Latest
Kingston Council approved 950-home Meyer plan in Tolworth.
Members of the Kingston Council Development Control Committee approved the application
for the former Government Offices site on Wednesday 11 July 2018.
The decision, made by nine votes for to one against, gives Meyer Homes
the go-ahead to build the first 211 homes at the site – the rest of the
scheme has been given permission in outline only.
> View original Planning Application - RBK
TOPO Tower update
What the borough of Kingston will look like in the near future, including 'Opportunity Areas'. Where to put thousands of new homes and what infrastructure we should build.
Like it or not RBK is planning for significant population growth in the borough, and to support this its' planning policy - the 'Local Plan' - is being rewritten. The Kingston Futures quango has been given 4 million pounds to make it happen.
Read more here
RBK adopts the 'Direction of Travel'
On Thursday 13th Oct 2016 the Growth Committee voted to adopt the 'Direction of Travel' document without in our opinion properly addressing the concerns of the many residents that responded.
Read more here - News blog
Kingston Society, 7:30pm at the Judge Lecture Theatre, Tiffin School, Kingston KT2 6RL.
> Planning Policy: the next generation?
"...Kingston deserves a lot better! The Council should wake up to the fact that by allowing such a proposal to be built it is destroying the very environment that it is proud of, and that it was elected to protect and preserve.."
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Reject plans for high-rise buildings in Kingston.
Tell our councillors and planning officers to refuse to allow the degradation of Kingston through the inclusion of high-rise buildings.
Page updated on 2 February 2019