The demolition and redevelopment of Eden Walk Shopping Centre, including Millennium House and Neville House to provide a mixed use development consisting of retail, offices and 385 residential units; public and residential car parking; refurbishment of the existing multi-storey car park including new access ramp, extension of basement; public realm works including pedestrian routes and public spaces, improvements to Memorial Gardens, and associated works. Listed Building Consent for the relocation of the War Memorial to a location in Memorial Gardens, and for works abutting the United Reformed Church. Within the Kingston Old Town conservation area.
Plans cause clear harm to heritage assets
The Society strongly opposed this in March 2016.
The scheme is excessively high for its surroundings taller than other buildings including the Premier Inn;
Union Terrace would be 40% higher than specified in the Eden quarter Brief; Neville Yard Winter Garden is 50% higher than that specified in the Brief;
Eden Crescent is 50% higher than the 9+ specified in the Brief and would have a detrimental impact on the Grade 2 Old Post Office and should be one of the many grounds for refusal;
Union Terrace would have a similar effect on the United Reform Church;
Most of the development would be seen from the Ancient Market Place Conservation Area and Grade 1 All Saints Church in contravention of the NPPF;
The “high quality open space” is poor with only 2 hours of sun between September and March;
No affordable housing and the profit share does not guarantee any affordable housing;
The lack of any certain CIL payments means that new school places, highways and public transport improvements may be borne by the Council.