Our greatest effort in 2021 went into fighting the damaging proposals to build a ‘Campus’ for Unilever in the town centre with its fake promise of jobs and a deeply unecological parking proposal


“Eden Campus” is not a campus but the Surrey House site in Eden Street. The really poor and damaging applications were approved with 16 stories instead of the original 22.

We fought hard under the restrictions of Covid and the misrepresented promise of “jobs”. Unusually however, the fight wasn’t over yet: the Planning Inspectorate intervened, preventing the Council and GLA from issuing planning approval while the Secretary of State considered whether to call-in the applications and conduct a public enquiry.

This was, we are proud to say, due to our call-in request made in conjunction with the United Reformed Church. Our members worked behind the scenes crafting a very detailed and thorough case which we submitted to the Secretary of State just before the DCC meeting in March. The Planning Inspectorate put things on hold until the end of August when they decided not to call-in the application. Our campaign is over but we come away with strong opinions:

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Kingston Council has used its planning powers to protect North Lodge and South Lodge, in Kingsnympton Park, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7TF. The buildings are locally listed for their heritage value.


A mechanism called an Article 4 Direction has been introduced which removes the ability, under national permitted development rights, to demolish buildings on these sites without first obtaining planning permission. This is a specific and targeted Article 4 Direction that has been introduced in response to an application to confirm if prior approval is required for the demolition of North Lodge.

Despite later alterations, they both play an important role in the townscape character of the area. They are therefore considered a local amenity in terms of culture, heritage and ‘sense of place’.

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Kingston Council has used its planning powers to protect North Lodge and South Lodge, in Kingsnympton Park, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7TF. The buildings are locally listed for their heritage value.


A mechanism called an Article 4 Direction has been introduced which removes the ability, under national permitted development rights, to demolish buildings on these sites without first obtaining planning permission. This is a specific and targeted Article 4 Direction that has been introduced in response to an application to confirm if prior approval is required for the demolition of North Lodge.

Despite later alterations, they both play an important role in the townscape character of the area. They are therefore considered a local amenity in terms of culture, heritage and ‘sense of place’.

Full response here

Last Updated on March 7, 2024 by Kingston Society