The Kingston upon Thames Society exists to promote high standards of planning, conservation and design in the Royal Borough.
Who we are
The Kingston upon Thames Society, founded in 1962 and affiliated to the Civic Voice (formerly the Civic Trust). We are Kingston’s major voluntary and independent organisation concerned with planning and conservation.
What we do
Society representation on applications, consultations, meetings of local conservation and planning bodies
A monthly public meeting, with a guest speaker, on a topic of local interest
Co-ordination of the borough’s Heritage Open Days programme
A Newsletter for members every month
Townscape Awards for new buildings of distinction
Visits to buildings of interest, and outings to historic towns
Partnership with other groups in community projects
Leaflets and Booklets on subjects of local interest
Reviewing new planning proposals
A significant part of the Society’s activity is to review and comment on planning consultations and applications. Each week Kingston Council publishes a list of new Planning Applications, and we comment on those we think are most important, enabling us to tackle planning problems at their source.
OurMajor Schemes page covers the most significant planning applications, such as Tesco Tolworth and The Old Post Office site.
OurMinor Schemes page covers other applications that are on our radar or of concern to us.
Our Other Consutations pagecovers non application consultations, such as the formulation of the London Plan and Local Plans.
The Society organises occasional visits to explore the good and the bad of architecture and design. Our popular Summer Guided walk started opposite the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Aldgate East to explore the East End.
Our Society Summer Picnic, returned in 2019 which is enjoyed by all who could make it.