Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Members considered a consultation item on planning application 19/02323/FUL - Canbury Place Car Park, 12-52 Kingsgate Road, 13-43 Richmond Road, Kingston upon Thames. Members noted that the application had been brought to the Development Control Committee for information purposes ahead of making any formal determination. The applicant presented details of the amendments which had been made to the proposal and provided detailed information on the traffic modelling.
· Hybrid application comprising: Detailed application for Canbury Place car park and 12-52 Kingsgate Road for the demolition of the existing buildings and the erection of two buildings to provide residential apartments (use classC3), office space (use class B1a), nursery/offices (flexible use class D1/B1a) and gym/offices (flexible use class D2/B1a) with associated access, parking and landscaping arrangements, including the stopping up (closure) of Kingsgate Road.
· Outline application, with all matters reserved except access, for 13-43 Richmond Road for the demolition of the existing buildings and the erection of a building to provide residential apartments (use class C3) and retail (use classes A1-A3).
A number of residents addressed the Committee to raise questions and areas of concern. The concern related to a number of issues including the impact on the character and appearance of the streetscene and surrounding area and the height and massing of the proposal, in addition the impact on surrounding roads in terms of traffic. By way of response the applicant acknowledged that the height had been a controversial element of the application and mentioned the opportunity area and the need to create homes near to train stations across the borough. It was explained that the North Kingston development brief was a useful reference document but it was intended for guidance and since it had been published Kingston had been declared an opportunity area for London in the draft London Plan. The applicant felt that a balance between design, public spaces and regeneration had been made in this case. With regards to traffic matters the applicant explained that in relation to the transport related aspects of the brief there had been a consultation with Transport for London (TfL) and the Council’s traffic department to identify issues if they had not been addressed within the application.
The Committee also noted a number of additional questions received from residents which had been circulated as late material. The issues related to fire safety, building height, viability assessments, a traffic study on Seven Kings Way, Richmond Road, Sopwith Way and Kingsgate Roads and protected heritage assets issues. In terms of the heritage assets it was explained by the applicant that from a townscape point of view a balance had been made following consultations with Heritage England and the Council’s Heritage assessments.
Members raised several queries including on the North Kingston Development Brief, Affordable Housing and contingency plans with regards to Phase 2 of the development which had land outside of the developer’s ownership.
The applicant explained that the North Kingston Development brief was being recognised and all public realm and transport requirements had been adopted as set out in the brief but had deviated on the height aspects. In terms of the ownership of the sites it was explained that it was common for larger regeneration schemes to incorporate land not necessary within full ownership of the developers and approval of the application would provide certainty to allow for those negotiations to take place. It was explained that a contingency plan was in place if Phase 2 was not possible. In terms of affordable housing the offer included 25% of units to be affordable with 70% of the discounted market rent at 80% market rent and 30% of affordable would be London Living Rent and that would be split proportionality across the scheme.
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Date of decision: 28/07/2020
Decided at meeting: 28/07/2020 - Planning Committee