Kingston Council is using its planning powers to protect North Lodge and South Lodge, Kingsnympton Park, Kingston Hill, KT2 7TF.


Director of Place decision and the Consultation report here


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.

North Lodge and South Lodge are 19th century locally listed buildings (formerly Buildings of Townscape Merit) and local landmarks, marking the original gateways to the former Knoll and Kingsnympton Hall estates, and the existing Kingsnympton Park estate. 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’.

The Article 4 Direction was made on 29 August 2023 and includes maps showing the land to which it relates. This is an immediate Article 4 Direction that has already come into force. On 8 February 2024, the Council’s Place Committee resolved to confirm the Article 4 Direction without amendment, making it permanent.

For more information please read the notice and decision to use urgent action powers document in the related items at the bottom of this webpage.

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Last Updated on February 23, 2024 by Kingston Society