After months of uncertainty, the Secretary of State has dismissed the appeal made by Meyer Homes for 705 flats to be built on the former Toby Jug site. This means the original decision has been upheld and planning permission has been refused.
Knock-on effect to Surbiton and Tolworth “massive”.
Elmbridge Borough Council has been consulting on their new Local Plan – this sets the policy by which planning applications are assessed.
New tower blocks across Tolworth will have a massive impact on local residents, after Tory councillors caved in again to developers’ plans.
In a secret session held behind closed doors last night, Conservative councillors decided “not to defend the planning Appeal” for the Toby Jug site.
Tolworth Action Group (TAG) to launch Judicial Review against Kingston Council over Tolworth Tower plans
Boris Johnson rubber stamps the Tolworth Towers. Boris photo: Andrew Parsons/ i-Images Creative Commons License
This afternoon, regrettably, the Conservative London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has not used his powers to help residents of Tolworth. Instead, he has rubber stamped the decision by Kingston's Conservatives for the overdevelopment of the Tolworth Tower site.
Kingston Liberal Democrats are hugely disappointed that the Tolworth Tower planning application was approved last night.
Cllr Liz Green said:
"I believe this is overdevelopment for this site,
- there was not nearly enough of a contribution for affordable homes.
Tory councillors have forced through the planning application which will see four further towers alongside Tolworth Tower on the Broadway. The towers will be 5, 12, 15 and 19 storeys high.
Local residents told them they were concerned about even more traffic, pressure on local schools and doctors, lack of affordable homes for local people and deteriorating air quality. But every single Tory councillor voted for the controversial development.