Six-bedroom apartment planned for Kingston Gala Bingo development

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Stunning views of Kingston, a home cinema, a gym, and more could be yours if you snap up a planned top-floor apartment.

The six-bedroom flat is planned for the old Gala Bingo hall in Richmond Road as part of developer CNM Estates’ overhaul.

The flat even includes a staff bedroom and space for a grand piano, while the master bedroom has its own dressing room.

The luxury layout is detailed in a planning application submitted to Kingston Council.

CNM’s plans for the building include:

• Car and bike parking in the basement
• Restaurant and children’s play area on ground floor
• Cinema and office space on first floor
• More cinema and office space on third floor
• Residential and serviced apartments on fourth and fifth floors

A report prepared by Indigo Planning said the scheme had been discussed with English Heritage, residents and businesses, and interest groups like the Cinema Trust Association.

Indigo’s report added: “A mixed use approach to redevelopment proposals offers the best way of securing the site’s future and, importantly, is required to guard against the continued physical deterioration of the building.

“A mixed use approach offers an economically viable reuse of the building.

“It will make a positive contribution to Kingston town centre and ensure the future conservation of this designated heritage asset.”

Residents have until Friday, January 3, to tell the council what they think about the plans.

Click here to view them on the council’s website.

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6:24am Tue 10 Dec 13

NewMaldenPaul says...

Might as well set it aside for a family with 10 kids encounting and parents who refuse to work. Rent free of course...
Might as well set it aside for a family with 10 kids encounting and parents who refuse to work. Rent free of course... NewMaldenPaul

10:02am Tue 10 Dec 13

DB says...

NewMaldenPaul wrote:
Might as well set it aside for a family with 10 kids encounting and parents who refuse to work. Rent free of course...
Unfortunately, I think you are right. How much would an apartment like that have to cost to make it more profitable than building several smaller ones? £2m? £3m?

I can't think of that many people who are going to pay that much money to live on such a busy, polluted junction, right next to the train line in quite a run down part of Kingston, on top of the nightclub zone.

If there is anyone with that much money who wants to indulge in Kingston luxury apartment living, they'd probably be better off buying one of the penthouses in Charter Quay. Still crazy money compared to most of the property around here, but at least you'd have river views and a nicer locale.
[quote][p][bold]NewMaldenPaul[/bold] wrote: Might as well set it aside for a family with 10 kids encounting and parents who refuse to work. Rent free of course...[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, I think you are right. How much would an apartment like that have to cost to make it more profitable than building several smaller ones? £2m? £3m? I can't think of that many people who are going to pay that much money to live on such a busy, polluted junction, right next to the train line in quite a run down part of Kingston, on top of the nightclub zone. If there is anyone with that much money who wants to indulge in Kingston luxury apartment living, they'd probably be better off buying one of the penthouses in Charter Quay. Still crazy money compared to most of the property around here, but at least you'd have river views and a nicer locale. DB

4:04pm Tue 10 Dec 13

helen59 says...

WHAT VIEWS !!!!

This will just become yet another flat paid for by the tax payer for those coming into our country and those choosing not to work - the flats near Sainsburys are already full to bursting point with immigrants claiming benefits.
WHAT VIEWS !!!! This will just become yet another flat paid for by the tax payer for those coming into our country and those choosing not to work - the flats near Sainsburys are already full to bursting point with immigrants claiming benefits. helen59

4:27pm Tue 10 Dec 13

chramies says...

Please don't. Nonsense like this pushes up house prices so locals can't afford to live in the area any more -- it's bad enough with existing developments down by the riverside. I don't think it's the on-the-dole families with 6 kids we have to worry about but the absentee owners driving up prices into the millions.
Please don't. Nonsense like this pushes up house prices so locals can't afford to live in the area any more -- it's bad enough with existing developments down by the riverside. I don't think it's the on-the-dole families with 6 kids we have to worry about but the absentee owners driving up prices into the millions. chramies

5:25pm Tue 10 Dec 13

DB says...

chramies wrote:
Please don't. Nonsense like this pushes up house prices so locals can't afford to live in the area any more -- it's bad enough with existing developments down by the riverside. I don't think it's the on-the-dole families with 6 kids we have to worry about but the absentee owners driving up prices into the millions.
Good comment.

We have got to a crazy situation now where the government are using rocketing house prices to point to some type of fake recovery. In order to keep the prices up they are keeping interest rates artificially low and introducing dangerous schemes like 'Help to Buy'.

All this means is that normal earners are further and further priced out and end up having to move into rented accommodation.

That rented accommodation is becoming more plentiful because the few people that do have money are investing it in property because the banks are giving little return and the government is paying massive rents for people to live in benefit supported housing.

That way house prices stay high and there is an illusion that the country is getting richer.
[quote][p][bold]chramies[/bold] wrote: Please don't. Nonsense like this pushes up house prices so locals can't afford to live in the area any more -- it's bad enough with existing developments down by the riverside. I don't think it's the on-the-dole families with 6 kids we have to worry about but the absentee owners driving up prices into the millions.[/p][/quote]Good comment. We have got to a crazy situation now where the government are using rocketing house prices to point to some type of fake recovery. In order to keep the prices up they are keeping interest rates artificially low and introducing dangerous schemes like 'Help to Buy'. All this means is that normal earners are further and further priced out and end up having to move into rented accommodation. That rented accommodation is becoming more plentiful because the few people that do have money are investing it in property because the banks are giving little return and the government is paying massive rents for people to live in benefit supported housing. That way house prices stay high and there is an illusion that the country is getting richer. DB

7:45pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Kingston Regal Arts Association says...

The real disgrace here is that CNM refuse to contemplate the restoration of this historic cine-variety theatre as the performing arts centre Kingston so badly needs... join the fight at https://www.change.o
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The real disgrace here is that CNM refuse to contemplate the restoration of this historic cine-variety theatre as the performing arts centre Kingston so badly needs... join the fight at https://www.change.o rg/en-GB/petitions/r oyal-borough-of-king ston-upon-thames-blo ck-the-redevelopment -of-the-regal-theatr e ! Kingston Regal Arts Association

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