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    helen59 wrote:
    I agree Helen. It is surprsing to hear them say that this development would make that locale become the most denesly populated area of Kingston - I am sure with all of the developments that have already gone up there recently it must already hold that title?

    My argument against this (as always) is about infrastructure. The vast majority of people that will be able to afford to live here will work in London as there is very little work locally that would support these property prices. The train services from Kingston and Surbiton are well past breaking point already, so what will happen to the 500 or so extra commuters that this development will produce?

    People that live in this type of flat would not traditionally have had children, but the current property bubble leaves them unable to buy a 'family home', so I'd expect quite a few of the occupants to have kids. Again, the schools are already over-subscribed, so the council would at least need to insist that one new school is built to deal with the extra demand.

    Then there are the issues of the roads, parking, healthcare facilities etc. All of these are already a problem in Kingston due to the boom in building approvals over the past 20 years, but still these developments get the go-ahead without any plans for supporting infrastructure."
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Draft plans for Kingston gas holders site go on show

An artist's impression of the proposed gas holders site development, looking at the building from Sury Basin

An artist's impression of the proposed gas holders site development, looking at the building from Sury Basin

First published in News Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor - Kingston

Early plans to redevelop the former gas holders site in Kingston into 315 sustainable homes have gone on public display.

Residents got a look at Berkeley First’s initial ideas for the land at a public exhibition on Wednesday, held at Tiffin School in Queen Elizabeth Road.

The site is the key location in Kingston Council’s North Kingston Development Brief, which also includes the adjacent Canbury Place car park.

The council wants to regenerate the area into a mixed use residential and learning quarter with a new primary school.

But there was no room for a school in Berkeley’s plans for the gas holders, which showed a multi-storey residential development based around a private, central square.

Surrey Comet:

A drawing of the square in the middle of the development

Two tower blocks – one 11-storey and one eight-storey – would be built on the corners of the development facing Sury Basin, with commercial space on the groundfloor.

One key feature is the inclusion of a linear park public green space connecting Sury Basin with Kingsgate Road – one of the plans outlined in the development brief.

Ciaran Little, investment manager at Berkeley First, said: “We’re trying to create a green neighbourhood for north Kingston.

“We really want to regenerate this important industrial site and deliver some homes and good quality public realm and open space.

“We want to really connect the town centre with this area of north Kingston, and Berkley have a history of doing this sort of thing really well.”

Feedback on the exhibition was mixed, with several people saying the two corner buildings were too tall given the recent Kingston Riverside development in Canbury Gardens towering overhead.

Carrie Segrave, who lives close to the site, said: “I think development is a good idea, but every scheme these days wants its statement building, which I feel will be overbearing.

“We’ve had quite enough statement buildings with Kingston Riverside.

“I like the Berkeley Group, I think they are good people with a good reputation, but I don’t like their tall buildings.”

Surrey Comet:

Councillor Frank Thompson at the exhibition with his wife Dorothy

Tudor ward Councillor Frank Thompson said: “As a block of flats it’s just as nice looking as any other I suppose, but will any English families with moderate income be able to buy there?

“They have got to cram in as many as possible these days and I’m sure Berkeley will make the block look as attractive as feasible, but it doesn’t leave a lot of scope for innovative design.

“What with the Royal Quarter, Kingston Riverside and plans to build two huge buildings behind John Lewis [the rejected Thames Side Wharf] if this gets done it will be the most densely populated area in Kingston.”

The exhibition re-opens tomorrow, Saturday, January 11, in the Judge Lecture Theatre at Tiffin School from 10am to 2pm.

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