Kingston Council has released the first draft of the Local Plan. This important document will determine what gets built and where in the next twenty years. It is vital you feedback to the Council your views on the policy proposals.

The first draft of the new Local Plan has been published for consultation. It has been informed by two previous phases of community engagement, in 2019 and 2021, when many people shared their aspirations and ideas for the future of the borough. It will have an impact on everyone living, working, studying or visiting Kingston But a word of warning this is a lengthy document. However it is organised into nine subject areas so that if you have particular concerns you can quickly access those parts.

The consultation on the first draft of the new Local Plan is taking place until 28 February 2023. The Kingston Society is still considering its response and will publish that here in due course.

The best way for you to provide your comments is by using the consultation response form. You do not need to comment on each section and policy and can choose the aspects of the plan which you feel strongly about. Please be as specific as possible with your comments.

RBK want to know if you support the policies set out, if you feel there is anything which is missing or needs changing.

Your feedback will help RBK councillors and planners to refine the policies in the draft plan, so that Kingston develops in the way we want it to.

Below are some important links including a link to the whole document (218 pages) and a summary (28 pages)

There are a number of key topics to the Local Plan. You can read the full draft Local Plan or look at the topics of most interest to you.

The front page for the consultation portal is here

First draft of Local Plan (whole document)
Summary document

Local Plan subsections

Other supporting documents and evidence base

A range of documents support the first draft of the Local Plan. This includes:

  • An Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA) which is made up of a Sustainability Appraisal, Equalities Impact Assessment and Health Impact Assessment (HIA).
  • A Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) has also been produced to test if the Local Plan could significantly harm the protected features of a recognised European habitats site.
  • A draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan.

These are available to view in other supporting documents.

The policies of the Local Plan must be based on robust and credible evidence in order for it to be considered ‘sound’. The council has developed an evidence base to inform the Local Plan. Data is also used from a range of other sources and data sets such as the London Datastore (Greater London Authority), the Office for National Statistics, Historic England, and Greenspace Information for London to inform our work. The Local Plan evidence base is available to view on the evidence base and supporting information page(External link) on the council’s website.

Please then share your views in the consultation response form.

Consultation events

The RBK consultation team will be visiting different parts of the borough throughout the consultation period to promote the first draft of the new Local Plan and answer any questions. Some of the in-person and online events already scheduled are listed below. Come along to find out more and give them your feedback.

This is just an initial list of events. Details of further events will be published here throughout the consultation.

In-person meetingsOnline meetings
  • Tuesday 13 December, 2.30pm-3.45pm, Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PT – register here or come on the day
  • Wednesday 18 January, 6.30pm-8pm, Malden Centre, Blagdon Rd, New Malden KT3 4TA – register here or come on the day
  • Tuesday 31 January, 2pm-3.30pm, The King’s Centre, Coppard Gardens, Chessington KT9 2GZ – register here or come on the day
  • Thursday 15 December, 6pm-7.30pm, online webinar event covering all aspects of the draft Local Plan – register here
  • Thursday 12 January, 6pm-7.30pm, online webinar event – with a focus on sustainable development and economy and town centres – register here
  • Wednesday 25 January, 6pm-7.30pm, online webinar event – with a focus on sustainable development, housing and design & heritage – register here
  • Tuesday 7 February, 6pm-7.30pm, online webinar event – with a focus on sustainable development, climate change & environmental sustainability and the natural environment – register here
  • Wednesday 22 February, 6pm-7.30pm, online webinar event – with a focus on sustainable development, transport & connectivity and social infrastructure – register here

A pilot Urban Room is being opened in the Market House, in Kingston’s Market Place, KT1 1JS, throughout January and February 2023.

This is a joint project between Kingston Council, Kingston University, the Kingston Society, the North Kingston Neighbourhood Forum and Chessington District Residents’ Association to create a space where people can understand, debate and get involved discussing the borough’s future.

This will be staffed by members of the council’s planning and place making teams, to talk to people about the draft Local Plan, every Thursday 10pm-4pm or drop-in on other days to see what’s happening. Others members of the project team, including us, will be present at other dates yet to be announced

Timeline to create Kingston's new Local Plan

Local Plan timeline

Talk to the Local Plan team

Strategic Planning Team 020 8547 5000
Strategic Planning Team, The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Guildhall 2, High Street, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU

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Last Updated on December 18, 2022 by Kingston Society