A second Conservative MP has come out against a controversial town centre tower block saying “Kingston is crying out for affordable housing” not being offered in the scheme.

In a letter addressed to councillors Kingston and Surbiton MP James Berry urged them to reject plans for a 16-storey residential tower block on the site of the old post office to be decided on tonight.

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Mr Berry has joined Richmond Park and North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith in coming out against the Ashdown Road proposal put forward by developers St George.

In his open letter he states the proposed building is not good enough in terms of height, density, permeability, design and affordable housing.

It reads: “I would not accept the old post office [plans] without significant modification to make the plans more acceptable to the people we have been elected to represent.

“I have no doubt that Kingston Council can meet the requirements of the London plan to tackle the housing crisis. But it can do so by approving developments that are much more suitable for our borough than this.”

London mayoral hopeful Mr Goldsmith and Mr Berry both agree that the high-rise’s lack of affordable housing is one of the most worrying things about the application.

Kingston has a target of 50 per cent affordable homes in any new development.

Mr Berry said: “It is much too low at a time when Kingston is crying out for affordable housing, and I find it very hard to accept that on such a big development this is the maximum that St George can offer.”

Kingston Council’s planning officers have recommended approval.

The plans will be decided on at Kingston’s development control committee in the Guildhall, High Street tonight. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and the public are welcome to attend.