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No. Item

136.

Apologies for absence and attendance of substitute members

Minutes:

Councillor Patricia Bamford attended as substitute for Councillor Bill Brisbane.

137.

Minutes

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 21 April 2016.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 21st April 2016 were confirmed and signed.

138.

Declarations of interest

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other non-pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on this agenda.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

139.

Site at Eden Walk Shopping Centre (15/13063) pdf icon PDF 2 MB

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation on planning application 15/13063/FUL. The application was for the demolition and redevelopment of Eden House and Neville House to provide a mixed use development consisting of retail units and kiosks (use classes A1 –A5), leisure including a cinema (use class D2), media screens, offices (use class B1a) and residential (use class C3); plant (including CHP); public and residential car parking; formation of new access for residential basement car parking, refurbishment of the existing multi-storey car park including new access ramp, extension of basement, public realm works including pedestrian routes and public spaces, improvements to Memorial Gardens and associated works. Listed Building consent was also sought for the relocation of the War Memorial to a location in Memorial Gardens and for works abutting the United Reformed Church.

 

Members noted that the proposals had already been the subject of a Pre-Decision meeting of the Committee, on 8 March 2016. Amendments had, however, subsequently been submitted in order to address some of the concerns raised at that meeting. These included revisions to the design of the pop out balconies on Core B of the Eden Crescent Building and the use of lighter materials on Core B to mitigate concerns around the impact on the Old Post Office of the darker colour originally proposed. The key issues to be considered included the impact of the proposals on the character of the area, heritage assets and views, the provision of affordable housing and the cumulative impact on the town centre.

 

Mr Matthew Secker (Project Director, British Land) introduced the updated proposals and re-stated how the scheme would help to regenerate the local area and economy. Mr Secker set out how the current shopping centre was tired, dated, unattractive, and in a poor state of repair and how it did not meet customer expectations or modern retailer requirements. In the last 12 months both footfall and cark park usage had dropped over 4% with figures in the year to date suggesting a decline of 7%. Mr Secker also set out how the scheme would be one of the largest investments ever made in Kingston and how it would serve as a catalyst for the wider regeneration of the Eden Quarter. The applicant’s vision was to create a vibrant new retail quarter, with very high quality public realm, that would re-integrate this forgotten part of Kingston back into the town centre, improving links to Clarence Street and the Market place through the sensitive re-landscaping and opening up of the southern end of the Memorial Gardens.

 

Mr Secker also highlighted how the new retail space; cafes, restaurants and cinema would help extend evening trade and generate hundreds of new jobs for Kingston. The 380 new homes would provide an opportunity for town centre living in a high quality environment. Mr Secker set out how the proposed residential accommodation had an essential role to play in generating the revenue to pay for the rest of the scheme, without which the development would be unviable.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 139.

140.

Urgent items authorised by the Chair

To consider any urgent items authorised by the Chair.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items.