Tories say Edward Davey "scaremongering" over Chessington homes plan

Surrey Comet: Chessington has opportunity for development according to the Funding Crossrail 2 report Chessington has opportunity for development according to the Funding Crossrail 2 report

Conservatives say a campaign by Liberal Democrats claiming Boris Johnson is pushing ‘up to 70,000 homes’ in Chessington is scaremongering.

Kingston and Surbiton’s Liberal Democrat MP Edward Davey said in an email today: “If Boris continues to push 70,000 extra homes in Chessington it would double the size of the Royal Borough in a stroke, put intolerable strain on our roads and local services and destroy our precious greenbelt, including ancient woodland.”

He said Boris Johnson’s deputy mayor for housing Richard Blakeway had backed the proposals.

But James Berry, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Kingston and Surbiton said: “This kind of scaremongering is the unacceptable face of Lib Dem politics.

“There is not one scintilla of Conservative support for mass building on green field sites in Chessington."

Conservative Coombe Hill councillor Gaj Wallooppillai, opposition member for better homes, said: “I think this is really cynical stuff.

“I think I’m right in saying Boris opposes building on green belt, as do Kingston Conservatives.

“I’m surprised Ed Davey has jumped on this bandwagon.”

A spokesman for the Mayor's office said: "This is yet another blatant Lib Dem lie.

"A Conservative-run City Hall would never endorse such a plan for the Chessington green belt.

"This is a desperate misuse of the work of a business organisation."

Boris Johnson told the Surrey Comet last week: "You don’t have to do this on green belt. My plan is to develop only on brownfield sites.

"Crossrail 2 will make a huge difference."

Mr Davey said in his email backing the ‘Say no to 70,000 homes in Chessington’: “I was aghast and angry when I read these proposals in the 'Home Truths' and 'Funding Crossrail Two' reports and learnt that Boris' Deputy Mayor has backed the recommendations.

“The authors of these reports can't have ever been to Chessington because if they had, they would have realised how daft and damaging these proposals would be.

“If Boris continues to push 70,000 extra homes in Chessington it would double the size of the Royal Borough in a stroke, put intolerable strain on our roads and local services and destroy our precious greenbelt, including ancient woodland.

“It's not as if Kingston and Chessington in particular hasn't seen many new homes built in recent years. Moreover the council is already planning for over 5,000 homes in the next decade across all of Kingston but this Conservative-backed plan is for more than ten times the homes our borough needs, on a single site.

“I am proud that it is the Liberal Democrats in Kingston who are leading the opposition to this ill-thought through, destructive plan. We now need London's Mayor to reverse his support and join us in opposing this. I hope local Tories will also come off the fence, join us and stand up for local people, even if it means opposing Boris.

“Recent success show that where Liberal Democrats campaign with local people - for example against Tesco's Tolworth Roundabout store - we get results. So I am confident we can stop this but we must start now before these ideas are taken to the next stage.”

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6:07pm Wed 26 Mar 14

RichardHu says...

This is just scaremongering and a blatant lie just like the closure story over Kingston Hospital in 2010. A typical Libdem campaign tactic campaign against something that won't happen and pretend their political opponents are for it - when they are not.
They are descending into the depths of dirty Politics - the public need to be reminded of their Political pedigree Simon Hughes, Cyril Smith, Paddy pants down and Derek Osborne.
This is just scaremongering and a blatant lie just like the closure story over Kingston Hospital in 2010. A typical Libdem campaign tactic campaign against something that won't happen and pretend their political opponents are for it - when they are not. They are descending into the depths of dirty Politics - the public need to be reminded of their Political pedigree Simon Hughes, Cyril Smith, Paddy pants down and Derek Osborne. RichardHu
  • Score: -1

6:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

captain_shamrock says...

The Lib Dems have no need to scaremonger, what we already know is scary enough.

"At the launch of London First’s report, Home Truths, deputy mayor for housing Richard Blakemore STATED HIS SUPPORT for its recommendations, which INCLUDE CALLS FOR A REVIEW OF WHETHER GREEN BELT LAND could be used for housing."

If the Conservatives genuinely wanted to leave the Green Belt alone, why have they SUPPORTED a review to facilitate building housing on it?

Surely, if they really wanted to leave the Green Belt alone, they wouldn't have had any need for any such review. Pretty obvious what the Conservative and their HouseCo donor's intentions are.
The Lib Dems have no need to scaremonger, what we already know is scary enough. "At the launch of London First’s report, Home Truths, deputy mayor for housing Richard Blakemore STATED HIS SUPPORT for its recommendations, which INCLUDE CALLS FOR A REVIEW OF WHETHER GREEN BELT LAND could be used for housing." If the Conservatives genuinely wanted to leave the Green Belt alone, why have they SUPPORTED a review to facilitate building housing on it? Surely, if they really wanted to leave the Green Belt alone, they wouldn't have had any need for any such review. Pretty obvious what the Conservative and their HouseCo donor's intentions are. captain_shamrock
  • Score: 16

11:12pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Beverly RA says...

More lib dem lies, Tonight the Mayor was asked the question and flatly denied the Accusation in a public forum . One more Dirty Trick by the Lib Dems
More lib dem lies, Tonight the Mayor was asked the question and flatly denied the Accusation in a public forum . One more Dirty Trick by the Lib Dems Beverly RA
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Andy23Johnson says...

It is a shame that the Lib Dem team felt they had to resort to making up an issue. No doubt they will soon be trumpeting a Tory climbdown on said fake issue. I suppose that is what happens if you have nothing positive to campaign on.
It is a shame that the Lib Dem team felt they had to resort to making up an issue. No doubt they will soon be trumpeting a Tory climbdown on said fake issue. I suppose that is what happens if you have nothing positive to campaign on. Andy23Johnson
  • Score: 4

12:58pm Thu 27 Mar 14

captain_shamrock says...

Beverly,

the Conservatives can't squirm their way out of this one. You've been caught like rabbits in the headlights.

The role of Boris Johnson's Deputy for Housing is "To lead the strategic and operational framework for the development of the Mayor’s statutory housing strategy, his housing investment programmes". *

In other words, this senior London Conservative's job is simply to implement Boris' housing strategy. When Richard Blakemore, in his capacity as Boris' housing deputy, OFFICIALLY supports this review to facilitate development of 10,000's of new homes on our green belt, he does so with Boris' approval.

If Boris truly disagreed, he'd already have
a. officially withdraw Mayoral office support for this "Home Truths" green belt development review, or
b. sacked him

Neither has happened.
Given that Boris won't be Mayor when the policy is implemented allows him to sneakily say that he doesn't support the policy. But that doesn't mean th epolicy has been scrapped.
Be under no illusions, unless official Mayoral support is withdrawn for this "Home Truths" green belt development review, it still lives on.

Kingston Tories have either been
a. negligent by not keeping abreast of what the rest of London Conservatives have been up to, or
b. deceitful by hoping this wouldn't get discovered

Well done for Lib Dem Assembly Member, Steven Knight, for uncovering this. Any attendees at the #ptq event last night would have seen him waving the minutes for proof that this threat to our greenbelt from the Tories and their bankrollers, the mega house builders is real.

* http://www.london.go
v.uk/mayor-assembly/
mayor/mayoral-team/r
ichard-blakeway
Beverly, the Conservatives can't squirm their way out of this one. You've been caught like rabbits in the headlights. The role of Boris Johnson's Deputy for Housing is "To lead the strategic and operational framework for the development of the Mayor’s statutory housing strategy, his housing investment programmes". * In other words, this senior London Conservative's job is simply to implement Boris' housing strategy. When Richard Blakemore, in his capacity as Boris' housing deputy, OFFICIALLY supports this review to facilitate development of 10,000's of new homes on our green belt, he does so with Boris' approval. If Boris truly disagreed, he'd already have a. officially withdraw Mayoral office support for this "Home Truths" green belt development review, or b. sacked him Neither has happened. Given that Boris won't be Mayor when the policy is implemented allows him to sneakily say that he doesn't support the policy. But that doesn't mean th epolicy has been scrapped. Be under no illusions, unless official Mayoral support is withdrawn for this "Home Truths" green belt development review, it still lives on. Kingston Tories have either been a. negligent by not keeping abreast of what the rest of London Conservatives have been up to, or b. deceitful by hoping this wouldn't get discovered Well done for Lib Dem Assembly Member, Steven Knight, for uncovering this. Any attendees at the #ptq event last night would have seen him waving the minutes for proof that this threat to our greenbelt from the Tories and their bankrollers, the mega house builders is real. * http://www.london.go v.uk/mayor-assembly/ mayor/mayoral-team/r ichard-blakeway captain_shamrock
  • Score: 4

12:32am Fri 28 Mar 14

Simon Densley says...

This is typical Lib Dem scaremongering. They are well known now for making up any story, especially at election time that is just plausible enough and just scary enough to effect the vote... but completely untrue. At last years Beverly by-election in Kingston it was some story about how the Conservatives had plans to build to a skyscraper in the ward. Don't believe a word they say.
This is typical Lib Dem scaremongering. They are well known now for making up any story, especially at election time that is just plausible enough and just scary enough to effect the vote... but completely untrue. At last years Beverly by-election in Kingston it was some story about how the Conservatives had plans to build to a skyscraper in the ward. Don't believe a word they say. Simon Densley
  • Score: 3

1:56am Fri 28 Mar 14

BerrylandsBoy says...

What a joke:

“Recent success show that where Liberal Democrats campaign with local people - for example against Tesco's Tolworth Roundabout store - we get results. So I am confident we can stop this but we must start now before these ideas are taken to the next stage.”

Who were they appealling to - their own councillors on the planning comittee?
What a joke: “Recent success show that where Liberal Democrats campaign with local people - for example against Tesco's Tolworth Roundabout store - we get results. So I am confident we can stop this but we must start now before these ideas are taken to the next stage.” Who were they appealling to - their own councillors on the planning comittee? BerrylandsBoy
  • Score: 0

7:12am Fri 28 Mar 14

RMcGeddon says...

Oooh look, there's an upcoming election in May.

Time for the libdems to either 'Save Kingston Hospital' or Save Chessington's Green Spaces'

They say that 'desperate men do desperate things, don't they' ?
Oooh look, there's an upcoming election in May. Time for the libdems to either 'Save Kingston Hospital' or Save Chessington's Green Spaces' They say that 'desperate men do desperate things, don't they' ? RMcGeddon
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Fri 28 Mar 14

captain_shamrock says...

Plans backed by the Conservative Deputy Mayor for Housing at City Hall propose to build up to 70,000 homes in Chessington and create a new London ‘suburb’ across the green belt.

The plans were drawn up by London First, a London pressure group made up of big businesses, including large property firms like Westfield & Berkley Homes and include proposals for new powers for the Mayor to impose developments on local communities.

The plans would see the end of large swathes of Chessington Green Belt and necessitate a whole new infrastructure of shops, supermarkets and transport that could swamp the Borough with more traffic.

The Deputy Mayor for Housing has backed the plans. To find out more read the full Home Truths report and the earlier Funding Crossrail 2 report from London First, which detail the plans.

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Plans backed by the Conservative Deputy Mayor for Housing at City Hall propose to build up to 70,000 homes in Chessington and create a new London ‘suburb’ across the green belt. The plans were drawn up by London First, a London pressure group made up of big businesses, including large property firms like Westfield & Berkley Homes and include proposals for new powers for the Mayor to impose developments on local communities. The plans would see the end of large swathes of Chessington Green Belt and necessitate a whole new infrastructure of shops, supermarkets and transport that could swamp the Borough with more traffic. The Deputy Mayor for Housing has backed the plans. To find out more read the full Home Truths report and the earlier Funding Crossrail 2 report from London First, which detail the plans. . captain_shamrock
  • Score: -2

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