Local residents groups are entirely unconvinced both by the proposals themselves and the quality of the consultation
The main points raised by local group Riverside Residents Association are summarised below:
- The consultation process is inadequate and large numbers of residents were not informed about it.
- There has been no initial community engagement, the Riverside Residents Association has worked with Surrey County Council previously so is aware of our existence.
- The proposal is in conflict with the Local Development Plan that designates the County Hall site for Civic or Educational uses.
- A convincing case for the need for 400/500 new build residential units (all flats) was not put forward.
- The density of the proposed new build residential units is excessive.
- The height and massing of the proposed new build residential units is hugely disproportionate.
- The integrity of County Hall as a Grade 2 Listed landmark building in Kingston will be greatly compromised by the new builds.
- There is a marked absence of green space in the plans.
- Access, traffic and parking are of major concern.
- Pressure on local services such as nurseries, schools, GP practices will be intensified.
- Pressure on utilities such as local roads, water, power, sewers, broadband will be intensified.
- There is no public benefit identified: such as recreational space, amenities for public use, etc.