Last night, Kingston Council's Development Control Committee unanimously agreed that the plan for 64 homes, 92 berth marina, restaurant, car parking and nature reserve was inappropriate development for the Seething Wells Filter Beds on Portsmouth Road.
In front of a packed public gallery with standing room only, the 8 Councillors heard from objectors and the applicant, Hydro Properties Ltd, regarding concerns on the principle of housing on the site, river user safety, ecology, heritage and other issues. Lib Dem Cllr Liz Green spoke on behalf of the St Mark’s Ward Councillors to add their reasons for refusing this application.
After over 2 hours of hearing the arguments, the Councillors gave their comments and agreed that this application did not meet the ‘very special circumstances’ to build on this Metropolitan Open Land site.
“We are delighted that this application has been refused, and want to thank all the Friends of Seething Wells and residents of the area who have taken the time to understand the issues and write in to the Council. Whilst we recognise that there are residents who supported the scheme and will be disappointed, the community spirit that has come out of the discussions is to be praised.” says Cllr Mary Heathcote.
“We expect the developer to appeal the decision, so the battle is not over yet, but we can now work with the Friends of Seething Wells on plans that will recognise the ecological and heritage value of the site. We’ll keep you informed here, but if you want to be involved in the next steps please do get in contact.” added Cllr Liz Green.