Help us stop the Conservatives ignoring residents over new developments.
“Join our protest on 19th April against the Council’s plan” urge Lib Dems Lesley Heap, Ed Davey and Simon James.
“Development plans to dramatically change New Malden’s character are being pushed through despite massive local opposition,” argues local Liberal Democrat campaigner, Lesley Heap.
Kingston Council is set to hand over Cocks Crescent and Blagdon Road open space to developers.
Local Liberal Democrats and residents’ groups won a recent victory to force Kingston’s Tory-run Council to guarantee a publicly-owned swimming pool and community hub in local planning policy, but remain alarmed at plans to break up the green Open Space at Blagdon Road and allow blocks of ten storey flats across Cocks Crescent and Blagdon Road.
“The height and scale of what local Conservatives are encouraging in their planning policy is a developers’ dream,” says local Lib Dem, Simon James. “The “village” feel of New Malden will be gone forever."
Join us and residents’ groups to protest when the plan is debated at its "call in".
“Wherever you live in New Malden, the extra congestion from over-development will hit you,” argues Munir Ravalia.
“Our fight to save a pool – complete with teaching pool - appears to be won but don’t hold your breath,” says local Lib Dem campaigner,Annette Wookey. “Developers will only sign up to build a pool if they can get enough profit to build it.”
Council leaders have given guidance that developers can build up to TEN storeys on the site which - with development on the Spillers Building - could mean up to 850 homes in a small area, impacting roads, schools and public transport.
Your Lib Dem FOCUS Team believes the height of the buildings must be kept to four storeys respecting nearby areas. Lib Dems will continue to campaign for a pool and against high rise buildings across New Malden.