Plans to convert Chessington public toilet site into two-bedroom house

The public toilet in Hook Road. Image: Google Streetview

The public toilet in Hook Road. Image: Google Streetview

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Developers are fighting for every scrap of land in Kingston, even the bits you might not think of as prime real estate.

Plans are afoot to demolish a former public toilet in Chessington and build a single-storey house with two ensuite bedrooms.

The public convenience, on Hook Road opposite Trewenna Drive, boasted eight stalls in two rooms.

The new house from applicant Raz Nasiri, whose registered address is a town house in Slough, will cram a kitchen, dining and lounge area into the 64 sq m footprint.

Elsewhere in Kingston an old public toilet in Claremont Road, Surbiton, is also set to re-open, as a cafe.

Real estate in the borough now costs £4,248 per sq m - up 38 per cent from five years ago, according to Halifax.

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4:18pm Tue 1 Jul 14

CupraBear says...

Typical developer, anything for a quick buck. He's probably never even visited Chessington.
Typical developer, anything for a quick buck. He's probably never even visited Chessington. CupraBear
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10:36am Thu 3 Jul 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

So, he wants to turn an old "cottage" into a new cottage. Let's hope his application "stalls".
So, he wants to turn an old "cottage" into a new cottage. Let's hope his application "stalls". Hove Ex-Pat
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10:39am Fri 4 Jul 14

DB says...

What I don't understand is who told Kingston Council (and all of the other councils in the UK) that they no longer have to provide public toilets?

This was a key service for years but now they not only get the benefit of not having to maintain them, but they get a capital boost from selling off the premises!

The closures were done in quite a disingenuous way as well. The one in Surbiton mentioned in this article was closed due to 'drainage problems' originally but I notice that these problems have not affected the building's conversion to a cafe.

Don't get me wrong, I am not unhappy to see them go as they were often misused as Hove Ex-Pat refers to, but it does seem like the council is shirking yet another responsibility.

What's the betting that the hideous green public toilet on Kingston riverside becomes a cafe or a 'luxury' home before long. That one must be worth a fortune.
What I don't understand is who told Kingston Council (and all of the other councils in the UK) that they no longer have to provide public toilets? This was a key service for years but now they not only get the benefit of not having to maintain them, but they get a capital boost from selling off the premises! The closures were done in quite a disingenuous way as well. The one in Surbiton mentioned in this article was closed due to 'drainage problems' originally but I notice that these problems have not affected the building's conversion to a cafe. Don't get me wrong, I am not unhappy to see them go as they were often misused as Hove Ex-Pat refers to, but it does seem like the council is shirking yet another responsibility. What's the betting that the hideous green public toilet on Kingston riverside becomes a cafe or a 'luxury' home before long. That one must be worth a fortune. DB
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