Last Updated on March 4, 2022 by Kingston Society

Plans for Kingston Leisure and Community Building submitted

In a rather curious circumstance where Kingston Planning officers and Development Committee Councillors will mark their own homework the contentious proposals for the Kingfisher (and ultimately the Cattle Market) have been lodged on the planing portal. As usual for a large development there are dozens and dozens of documents but we have take the most accessible Design and Access documents and combined in them in one file here (quite hefty so be patient while it loads

Planning – Application Summary
22/00602/FUL | Provision of a leisure and community building comprising wet and dry facilities, cafe, community spaces, rooftop flood-lit artificial sports pitch, servicing and plant. Enhancement of Fairfield Childrens Playground, provision of landscape and public realm, cycle parking, and disabled persons parking. Pedestrianisation of existing vehicular access and formation of new vehicular access. Listed building consent for demolition of outrigger building and existing WC block and the erection of a single storey extension on the eastern facade of Grade II Listed Kingston Museum and Library | The Kingfisher Fairfield Road Kingston Upon Thames KT1 2PY

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FROM THE DESIGN AND ACCESS STATEMENT SAYS:

This Design and Access statement (DAS) has been developed by FaulknerBrowns Architects and BMD Landscape Architects on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Property, Development and Investment.

The application will support a single detailed planning application for the new leisure and community building along with the development of the surrounding landscape and public realm, alongside minor alterations to the grade 2 listed museum building, so as to ensure a coherent approach to the site. The application will include full details of the new leisure and community building and the proposed single storey extension to the museum building, also submitted for listed building consent.

The design team has also considered the key principles which can assist in informing any subsequent development to be brought forward on the Cattle Market site, a raised table car park with two levels of basement located on the corner of Fairfield North and Wheatfield Way and is immediately north of the new leisure and community building site. The principles are shown indicatively by way of illustrative masterplan in section 4.0 of this DAS, which does not form a part of the proposals which the applicant is seeking permission for.

The design has been informed through consultation with Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK) planning and Urban Design officers, conservation officers, Historic England the Design Review Panel (DRP), as well as local residents, stakeholders and interest groups.

This design and access statement should be read in conjunction with other planning documents and drawings which have been submitted as part of this application. The Kingfisher Leisure Centre site sits as part of a wider ambitious regeneration programme brought forward by The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (RBK) to drive regeneration of a number of Council owned sites located within Kingston town centre. These sites include both the Kingfisher Leisure Centre site and adjacent Cattle Market Car Park and the Guildhall Campus. The Transform Kingston project has a vision to revitalise the historic town centre and celebrate the rich heritage of Kingston, helping to diversify the local economy and provide new opportunities for culture, leisure, workplace and residential.

This project represents an ambitious effort by the borough to improve community access to health and wellbeing facilities within Kingston Town Centre. The replacement and improved leisure and community building is being prioritised within the wider regeneration programme, principally due to the need to provide sport and leisure and swimming facilities within the borough, and due to the closure of the former Kingfisher Leisure Centre in December 2019.

Through a comprehensive programme of the redevelopment of these council-owned sites, there is a real opportunity for RBK to drive the much-needed regeneration of Kingston’s town centre, creating inspiring and inclusive places for people to live, work and spend leisure time within a rejuvenated town centre environment. The new leisure and community building will provide continued use and access to high quality sports, leisure and community facilities and encourage greater participation in sport from from the wider borough, through use of the towns extensive public transport links.

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