Liberal Democrats are delivering on their election promise of new homes for Kingston after approval was given for 285 affordable homes on a derelict site in Tolworth.
The former Government Offices site has been left abandoned for well over a decade and with a desperate need for new homes in the area, the decision was made to approve the scheme.
The scheme includes 950 new homes, of which 285 are affordable, a children's day nursery, a doctors’ surgery, space for Metropolitan police and a new convenience store.
Cllr Patricia Bamford, Chair of the Development Control Committee at Kingston Council, said: “This brownfield site has been left abandoned for over a decade and the need for housing has been growing throughout that period. This is a large development that will deliver much-needed housing in the borough, 30% (285 units) of which is affordable.”
The application also includes £2.5 million contribution towards improving Tolworth Roundabout, better pedestrian and cycle links, and a new bus interchange which will see the extension of the 281 bus service.
Cllr Malcolm Self, Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy, Culture and Heritage at Kingston Council, said: “There is understandable concern about the impact on the wider community; however, we have been assured by the Secretary of State that the road network will not suffer any adverse effects. This was a serious consideration that members of the Committee had to take into account when deciding whether to approve the scheme.”
This decision gives the go-ahead for Meyer Homes to build the first phase of the development for 211 homes, as well as the extension of the 281 bus route and other community benefits. The remainder of the scheme is in outline only, and the Council will continue to work closely with Meyer Homes to ensure that the designs for the next phases are informed by the community and reviewed by the Council.