Could Kingston's Old London Road be the best student living location ever?

Surrey Comet: Plans: The proposed new block of student flats, right Plans: The proposed new block of student flats, right

Could this be the best-ever student living location – right at the end of the queue for Oceana?

Up to 60 students could move into Old London Road if an application for a new block of flats is approved.

The five-storey building would stand at the end of Kingston’s oldest shopping street, opposite the Wilkinson store.

The planning application includes the demolition of the Little Italy restaurant building, though the new plan would make room for a restaurant.

Planning consultants CgMs asked people living nearby what they thought of the plans, and handed out 150 leaflets in August.

One resident who filled in a form said: “Many residents in Old London Road are already inconvenienced and sleep deprived due to the Oceana nightclub’s patrons.

“Student accommodation would only add to the noise.”

Another said: “There are far too many students (so called) living in Kingston as it is. They don’t bring any economic or environment benefit to Kingston whatsoever.”

Surrey Comet:

The end of Old London Road as it currently looks

But others agreed the building would improve the area’s “streetscape”.

Brian Godding, planning secretary for the Kingston Society, said: “We think the building should be a uniform building all round the three elevations.

“We think that corner is worthy of a more uniform building.”

A CgMs report said the building would be a gateway development enhancing the town centre, and would provide a safe living environment for students.

It said: “The area around the site is bohemian in character and therefore well suited for students.”

Management company Fresh Student Living said any complaints would be treated seriously.

The company already manages the Quebec House student flats opposite Kingston station, where rooms start at £229 a week.

The new building would include a green roof and communal roof terrace.

Previous plans called for an eight-storey building, but these were revised after the council raised concerns.


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10:19am Fri 4 Oct 13

DB says...

£229 per week!!! That is £1,000 per month and for that amount you could rent a 1 bed flat in a lot of parts of Kingston including all of your bills. You would get probably 3-4 times the space and you wouldn't have to live right on Kingston's roaring one-way system.

Why don't students just go into house shares like they used to? four shares could rent a 4 bed house in Kingston for, say, £2,200 per month, plus £800 for bills and that would save them £250 per month each instead of renting from these robbers.

I had wondered why so much student housing was going up in Kingston when it hadn't been required before, now I know why!
£229 per week!!! That is £1,000 per month and for that amount you could rent a 1 bed flat in a lot of parts of Kingston including all of your bills. You would get probably 3-4 times the space and you wouldn't have to live right on Kingston's roaring one-way system. Why don't students just go into house shares like they used to? four shares could rent a 4 bed house in Kingston for, say, £2,200 per month, plus £800 for bills and that would save them £250 per month each instead of renting from these robbers. I had wondered why so much student housing was going up in Kingston when it hadn't been required before, now I know why! DB

10:38am Fri 4 Oct 13

cmjdurkin2012 says...

Whoever stated that students "don’t bring any economic or environment benefit to Kingston whatsoever.” needs to have a re-think. I myself am no student, however from what I understand, students spend an enormous amount of money on clothes and food etc and probably have more disposable money than you or I to spend in shops. Have you not seen the way that all the main stream shops target students - especially around pay day (student loans).

I understand they may be nuisance but if you don't like them, then don't live in a an area that is populated by students!

I agree that more flats will increase the noise and disruption level but if you are going to try and argue something please get your facts right. It is silly comments like these that really grind my gears :)
Whoever stated that students "don’t bring any economic or environment benefit to Kingston whatsoever.” needs to have a re-think. I myself am no student, however from what I understand, students spend an enormous amount of money on clothes and food etc and probably have more disposable money than you or I to spend in shops. Have you not seen the way that all the main stream shops target students - especially around pay day (student loans). I understand they may be nuisance but if you don't like them, then don't live in a an area that is populated by students! I agree that more flats will increase the noise and disruption level but if you are going to try and argue something please get your facts right. It is silly comments like these that really grind my gears :) cmjdurkin2012

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