Last Updated on July 28, 2021 by Kingston Society

‘Thameside Wharf’ – launches first round consultation

Thames Side Wharf is the new name for two empty plots sandwiched between Vicarage Road and Water Lane by Thameside. (just behind iQ student Housing and in front of John Lewis Delivery Site entrance).

The proposals are on line at: thamessidekingston.co.uk with a questionnaire style feedback form. (Note the proposal details are only available from within the feedback form. You can scroll to the next question without filling it in to get the overview and then go back to provide your thoughts)

They also hosted an online event on Tuesday 27th July 2021 which we attended and found it to be a controlled environment where the opportunity to feedback was entirely within the control of the host. Questions were rephrased or ignored or simply dismissed. It was tick-boxing consultation of the worst kind.  We suggested that a co-design project was something the community might want, they responded that ‘… everyone has a view on architecture’

You can view a PDF of the presentation taken from screen shots here:  Thames Side Wharf

The owners say :

London Square and Fenwick’s proposals for this derelict site would deliver a new, residential-led mixed use development in a prominent location in the heart of Kingston.

The existing, unsightly car park will be replaced with a new modern building that will help to deliver much-needed housing in Kingston town centre.

The proposals are shaped by the following key objectives:

  • Deliver much need housing, including 35% affordable housing, in a central riverside location where people want to live and work;
  • Provide an exciting modern addition to Kingston’s skyline, which also preserves the character of local heritage assets;
  • Create new public realm on the riverside which will improve the pedestrian and cyclist experience on this busy stretch of the Riverside Walk
  • Provide new flexible commercial space on the ground floor which will appeal to local businesses;
  • Transform this derelict and long term vacant site, which is allocated for redevelopment in the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames’ Local Plan, resulting in local investment and a catalyst for further improvements in this “forgotten quarter” of Kingston town centre.

Timeline:

First public exhibition – July 2021
Second public exhibition – September 2021
Submission of a planning application to Kingston Council – Late 2021
Determination of the planning application – Summer 2022
Construction begins on site – Late 2022
Construction complete and building operational – Late 2024

Public realm proposal (note the absence of the 16 storey tower just over your shoulder)

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