Bentalls owner Fenwick's Thames Side Wharf plans back up for discussion

Surrey Comet: Fenwick Ltd has offered to contribute £500,000 for affordable housing Fenwick Ltd has offered to contribute £500,000 for affordable housing

The company which owns the Bentalls store is to take its plans to redevelop the Vicarage Road area back to councillors for approval.

Fenwick Ltd saw its proposed Thames Side Wharf development, including 97 apartments and an art quarter, rejected at a development control committee meeting in December.

But it has now offered to almost double its contribution for affordable housing – a major sticking point for councillors – to £500,000.

Committee chairman Councillor Vicki Harris had called the initial £266,000 offer “absolutely laughable”.

Fenwick’s revised contribution will be discussed at a development control meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday, January 30, at the Guildhall.

What do you think of the plans? Write to letters@surreycomet.co.uk.

 

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10:19am Thu 23 Jan 14

helen59 says...

NO, NO, NO - WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT ANY MORE NEW BUILD FLATS IN KINGSTON
NO, NO, NO - WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT ANY MORE NEW BUILD FLATS IN KINGSTON helen59
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10:34am Thu 23 Jan 14

DB says...

helen59 wrote:
NO, NO, NO - WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT ANY MORE NEW BUILD FLATS IN KINGSTON
I agree, Helen.

If interest rates are put up and house prices come down, we will be left with a lot of half built flats blotting the landscape for years.

There are too many already. It is all very well bribing the council with a paltry £500k for affordable housing, but if we are going to get even more flats, they need to provide better roads, rail capacity, doctors surgeries etc etc.
[quote][p][bold]helen59[/bold] wrote: NO, NO, NO - WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT ANY MORE NEW BUILD FLATS IN KINGSTON[/p][/quote]I agree, Helen. If interest rates are put up and house prices come down, we will be left with a lot of half built flats blotting the landscape for years. There are too many already. It is all very well bribing the council with a paltry £500k for affordable housing, but if we are going to get even more flats, they need to provide better roads, rail capacity, doctors surgeries etc etc. DB
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1:21pm Thu 23 Jan 14

kingstonpaul says...

Beware of any scheme that uses that dread phrase 'Art Quarter' in its proposal. Just window dressing, along with words like 'green', 'sustainable', any phrasee featuring the words 'eco' or 'hub'.
These new builds are ghastly human experiences because developers have to achieve a minimum financial yield. It means minimal space, low ceilings, as little glass as possible, and papar thin walls. I'd like to see any development promise a living environment that features proper space and proper bricks & mortar.
Beware of any scheme that uses that dread phrase 'Art Quarter' in its proposal. Just window dressing, along with words like 'green', 'sustainable', any phrasee featuring the words 'eco' or 'hub'. These new builds are ghastly human experiences because developers have to achieve a minimum financial yield. It means minimal space, low ceilings, as little glass as possible, and papar thin walls. I'd like to see any development promise a living environment that features proper space and proper bricks & mortar. kingstonpaul
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