Lib Dem run Kingston Council is to consult residents about a Local Plan to improve the supply of genuinely affordable high quality family homes for Kingston residents, and help get young people on the housing ladder, as well as to provide good jobs and supporting infrastructure.
The first consultation for the Early Engagement and Site Assessments, due to start in May and run until mid July, has been given the go-ahead at the Strategic Housing and Planning Committee this week. The final Local Plan will provide the planning framework for all sustainable and managed growth through the creation of new homes, jobs and the vital supporting community infrastructure for the next 25 years.
Kingston Borough is set to see a significant increase in house building due to both the housing target handed down to us from the GLA, and the expected population increase of 34,000 between 2019 and 2041.
The consultation seeks views on where homes could be built, Opportunity Areas, Green Belt and MOL, among other things. Under statutory guidance, Kingston Council previously invited residents, landowners, developers, businesses and other key partners to submit sites and make suggestions for the future development of land for new housing, workplaces, shops, arts and cultural uses, community facilities, open space or mixed-use schemes. Residents are being asked to share their thoughts on these sites assessments too. At this stage, the Council is publishing sites that have been put forward without comment.
All residents are being encouraged to respond to the consultation, whether they respond positively or negatively to proposals.
Lib Dem Cllr Malcolm Self, Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy, Culture and Heritage, said: “There will be a number of opportunities for public engagement and consultation before Kingston’s Local Plan is finally adopted in 2021/2. This will be the widest engagement stage — we need to gather all the ideas and consider every single option available to us.”
“Our final Local Plan will need to improve the supply of genuinely affordable high quality family homes for Kingston residents, and help get young people on the housing ladder, as well as providing good jobs and supporting infrastructure. It must demonstrate our commitment to targeting 50% affordable homes for new housing developments.”