Aroch Limited is preparing to submit a planning application for a residential led mixed-use development at 28- 46 Cromwell Road and John Bunyan Baptist Church, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 6RE. The site is occupied by the former John Bunyan Baptist Church (now vacant), a Nursery, a hostel run by The Kaleidoscope Housing Association and some small-scale student accommodation.Link here
The proposal comprises:
Delivery of circa 65 high quality residential units (including family units) within a highly sustainable location, contributing to Kingston’s housing targets and introducing an active frontage to this part of Kingston town centre;
Reprovision of circa 230sqm flexible community floorspace that will enliven the streetscene; and
Regeneration of a partially vacant site to deliver residential units within a high-quality building that contributes positively to the appearance of the streetscene and delivers the Council’s aspiration to see this part of the town centre enhanced, as set out in the Kingston Town Centre Area Action Plan (AAP).
Maddox Planning write:
YOUR SAY …
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Please ensure your feedback reaches us no later than Wednesday 9 December 2020. There will be a further opportunity to provide your views directly to Kingston Council once the planning application is submitted.
The proposals include this statement of the Key elements of the design:
Knitting together the streetscape with a unified design
Scaling the building in relation to its neighbours (including reducing the site’s existing massing on Hardman Road)
Minimising any privacy/overlooking issues
Responding, in particular, to the built form along Cromwell Road and Hardman Road
Creating active street frontages
Logically scaling up to the important focus opposite Birkenhead Avenue and back down to the lower scale Hardman Road properties.
Balancing of vertical and horizontal forms
Interesting window forms and patterns
Positive relationship with the street and public realm
Relating to the mix of period buildings in the immediate area in terms of materiality and detail by a careful use of relevant materials – principally brick
Creating high quality residential units with required private and shared amenity spaces
Incorporating an improved nursery
Incorporating winter gardens along Cromwell Road to create protected amenity space.
The winter gardens will have openable elements to provide flexibility for the occupiers.
Improving the activity to the rear of the proposal with landscaped areas giving the Hardman Road properties a more positive outlook than currently.
Introduction of a new community use space into the proposal
Creating efficient servicing and access to the whole development – bettering the existing refuse collection on Hardman Road
The site has the benefit of a very high PTAL (6a) reinforcing its appropriateness for increasing the density.