Pressure from Kingston Liberal Democrats has resulted in the developer behind Unilever's Eden Campus in Kingston proposing amended plans which would see the height of the new residential building come down from 22 to 16-storeys.
Unilever have already announced their plans to expand their presence in the town centre at a new campus on a site bounded by Brook Street, Eden Street and St James Road.
As part of the planning process, the developer behind the scheme has listened to the concerns of local residents and of Liberal Democrat councillors about the height of the residential building but in the process has removed any affordable housing. Kingston Lib Dems are dismayed by this and will push hard to ensure the developer reinstates affordable housing into the scheme.
The amended plans will now be subject to a fresh round of public consultation. The plans also include offices, car parking with electric vehicles as well as the new residential building.
Eden Campus will bring more than 2,000 jobs into Kingston town centre, boosting the local economy at a time of huge uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under the Lib Dems, it's clear that Kingston is open for business and welcoming for new employers across the borough.
Kingston Liberal Democrats are also continuing a campaign calling for the Conservatives to drop their plans to force over-development across the borough. The latest Tory plans will take away local residents' right to have a say, increase the borough's home-building targets to over 1,500, and remove any ability Kingston Council has to insist that affordable homes are included in developments.
Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Caroline Kerr, who previously welcomed Unilever's plans to relocate its UK headquarters to Kingston, said, "Reducing the height of the residential building on Unilever's campus to 16-storeys is welcomed, but removing all affordable homes certainly is not.
"We expect affordable homes to be built as part of this development and will negotiate hard to have a deal that includes homes that local people can afford."
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