Wednesday, 15th March 2023 7:30pm – A FUTURE FOR TOLWORTH – a talk by KS member Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips writes: “Kingston has to expand – nearly 10,000 residences in the draft Local Area Plan. The plan identifies “allocated sites” largely by looking at where building has gone before, so most of it will go into the Kingston Town area. But is there an alternative – could we conceive of a hub where growth could be sustained, and encouraged, elsewhere in the Borough? Speaking as a resident of Tolworth, as someone who loves Tolworth (and as the historian of Tolworth) I would like to recommend an imaginative new approach to my town.”

New! We will be trialing live-streaming the public meetings for those unable to attend in person. Further details and a link in our March newsletter.

Wednesday 19th April 2023 7:30pm – A DRAFT VISION FOR KINGSTON TOWN CENTRE AREA

The town centre area in Kingston is facing a once in a generation opportunity. Kingston Council is working to create a 10-year plan for the Kingston town centre area.

Following engagement in 2022, including setting up a Citizens’ Panel, Kingston Council has now published for consultation a draft vision for the Kingston Town Centre Area. (or download PDF here)

The vision is the first part of what will become a Supplementary Planning Document to the Local Plan, providing area-based guidance to manage the delivery of new development, public spaces and infrastructure in and around the town centre. It will be made up of three parts – a vision, a planning framework, and a delivery plan.
Join us at our public meeting to hear Tava Walton, Head of Place Making, speak about the ambitions and six big ideas to achieve them and share your views. The consultation is taking place until 30 April 2023.


We are delighted to have Steve McAdam of Soundings, a community engagement consultancy, coming to talk to us about his work. Steve is a founding director of Soundings, an agency focusing on co-design, public and stakeholder engagement & consultation and project co-production as a direct resource for masterplanning teams engaged in complex design schemes. Soundings was set up to explore new ways of integrating multidisciplinary and participatory approaches to design at different scales from one-off buildings to very large and often complex urban projects.

Steve is an architect and urbanist with over 30 years’ experience of working on demanding development projects across residential, commercial and cultural sectors in urban and rural settings. He is acknowledged as one of the UK’s trailblazers for public participation in planning and design processes and many of the innovative approaches he has piloted have now become accepted norms for good practice, ranging from forensic place and people audits at early stages of engagement, to ‘what-if’ scenario planning and finely structured liaison groups as key sounding boards for emerging projects.

He has been involved in numerous projects that have won multiple planning, design and innovation awards including Kings Cross, the London Olympic and post-Olympic masterplans and Chelsea Barracks. He currently leads the active engagement team at Thamesmead Waterfront as part of the Prior and Partners international competition-winning team and continues to champion the benefits of genuine co-design approaches.

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Last Updated on March 8, 2023 by Kingston Society