After months of uncertainty, the Secretary of State has dismissed the appeal made by Meyer Homes for 705 flats to be built on the former Toby Jug site. This means the original decision has been upheld and planning permission has been refused.
Late last year Meyer Homes appealed the decision made by Kingston Council to refuse permission to build 705 flats on the site of the ex MoD offices at Tolworth also known as the Toby Jug site.
Unbelievably, the Tories decided, at a meeting held behind closed doors, not to defend the Council’s decision. The appeal was held in April and the decision was defended by a team of residents and Lib Dem councillors.
The SoS has dismissed the appeal because of the lack of sufficient affordable housing provision together with an insufficient contribution towards works on the Tolworth roundabout.
However, in giving his reasons he has opened the door to allowing this or a similar scheme in the future concluding that the appearance and character of the proposed development including the mix of housing provision and density is appropriate.
Councillor Thay Thayalan, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Tolworth, said,
"Throughout the long battle, senior Conservatives in Kingston have been all but silent. Kingston Liberal Democrats shall continue to fight for a scheme that delivers a sustainable number and mix of housing that is so much needed, rather than a scheme that delivers luxury flats in towers with maximum profit to the developers."