Residents, and community groups local to County Hall are extremely concerned by the deeply harmful and negative impact that development proposed by the County Hall planning applications would have on their quality of life and on the area more generally.
Riverside Residents’ Association (RRA) and The Kingston Society have highlighted the lack of a suitable mix of uses proposed for the former Surrey County Hall, (SCH) a Grade ll* Listed Building, and the proposal to cram huge residential towers in the narrow space between it and the neighbouring residential homes, and the harms this will present to the County Hall building and the award winning Town House opposite.
In various submissions RRA have indicated what they would like to see come forward instead, seeing the repurposing of County Hall as a huge opportunity for a whole range of activities, employment-led with plenty of public access and benefits.
The Council’s new Housing Strategy clearly states: “On future delivery of homes…the Council will….seek to ensure that all development schemes are well designed in their context and the character of the area, creating a sense of pride and place” The Applicant has clearly not read this policy document, which reflects similar policies both in the NPPF and the London plan.
RRA have made a short film and have written to all the Borough Councillors asking them to watch it to help their understanding of resident concerns. The film is no mere rant but rather aims to provide balance to the applicant’s stated “benefits” presented to the Planning Committee by the Applicant, and emphasising the missed opportunity of the current proposals.
Should you have any questions about anything in the film or our views on the application more generally please contact us. This application is just not good enough to permit as it fails to grasp the opportunity, and the applications must be refused and the Applicant told to listen to the views of local residents and to think again.