Planning Applications: Minor Schemes

Each week Kingston Council publishes a list of new Planning Applications. We sift through this list and comment on the ones that we think are significant.

See also : Major Schemes & Other Consultations

This is a summary of our position on the following current and recent minor consultations and applications:

Kindly contact the editor if you see any errors or omissions: editor@kingstonuponthamessociety.co.uk 

University river source heat pump, Kingston

Oct 2017: Planning application
Jul – Sep 2017: Public Consultation,

Installation of a River Source Heat Pump system for the heating of Penrhyn Road University Campus. Within the Kingston Old Town conservation area. A heat exchange unit located in River House will draw water from the River Thames.
The first Inlet option proposes to construct a new fixed jetty parallel to the riverbank and opposite River House. The jetty would be 8 x 5.5 metres and constructed from timber. In both cases the intake pipes would be located below the new structures.
The second Inlet option would attach the intake pipes to an extension on the north end of the existing [Turks] pier. The pipework will be laid in Woodbines Avenue & portsmith road and residents have been consulted about this. The payback time is likely to be 20-25 years.

The Society has asked Andrew Gill of Kingston University to comment on the effect on the river environment and the effect on road traffic likely to be caused by associated boring works. The application has been withdrawn

17/10289 Chessington World of Adventures – Segway track.

Jul 2017: Planning application

A planning application (15/10324/FUL) was submitted in 2015 and planning consent was obtained for a High Ropes facility next to the 60 acre wood to the west of the Park. As an add-on to this they now propose the “Creation of Segway track, erection of secure storage hut and provision of associated landscape works”.

The Society is neutral on this.

Blagdon Road Car Park, New Malden

Sep 2016: The Society was consulted, no application yet

The proposal included 96 new homes; 250 car parking spaces to include public car parking across three levels to minimise the impact to on-street parking; Provision for the storage of over 100 bicycles; High quality community amenity space for residents, as well as retaining the existing retail and leisure spaces on the ground floor; Aesthetic and safety changes to the car park access & exit.

In September 2016 the Society could not support this.

16/13245 Gems Primary Academy, High Street Kingston

Sep 2017: Planning application approved

Demolition of existing buildings and re-development to provide a part 3, part 4-part 5 storey building with basement to accommodate a 2FE primary school (420 pupils) and 11 residential apartments within the Kingston Old Town conservation area.

The Society supported this in March 2017. In our view it has the makings of a good and sensitive scheme. The aim to express the school and housing on the High Street façade has a natural logic and, very importantly, maintains the character of the High Street setting. To the rear the merge of the residential style and scale with the academia is a good attempt to be sensitive to the cottages behind. It is further enhanced by the articulation as the forms step along the angled boundary.

The Gems Academy has decided NOT to proceed due to insufficient children in the catchment area. See here

Blagdon Road Car Park, New Malden

Sep 2016: The Society was consulted, no application yet

The proposal included 96 new homes; 250 car parking spaces to include public car parking across three levels to minimise the impact to on-street parking; Provision for the storage of over 100 bicycles; High quality community amenity space for residents, as well as retaining the existing retail and leisure spaces on the ground floor; Aesthetic and safety changes to the car park access & exit.

In September 2016 the Society could not support this.

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Chessington.

Jan 2017: Backgound, no application yet.

The YMCA has been discussing acquiring the St Mary’s Centre site with RBK and representatives from St Mary’s church over the past few months, in the light of the proposed rent increase and associated maintenance costs for the centre.
The ambition is to provide a brand new community centre, together with 31 affordable homes for local people. RBK has now agreed that YMCA LSW may take over the lease. However, there’s a long way to go before anything is finalised.

The Society will investigate further.

17/12527: The Bentall Centre – New cinema and elevation improvements

Sep 2017: Planning application approved

Creation of a cinema at second and third floor level with glazed extension and terrace at roof level incorporating change of use of shop and mall space to leisure and from crèche to mall at second floor level. Works to Clarence Street façade including provision of new glazing and associated alternations. There is a listed building present on this site.

The Society has no objections to this proposal.

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