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Work to begin soon on largest Kingston development in 50 years

Early work can now begin on the largest development in Kingston for fifty years, after the council approved a 950-home development on the Tolworth Toby Jug site by the A3.

Developer Meyer Homes has been trying to build on the site ever since it bought the land in 2015 from Tesco.

Plans also include a doctors’ surgery, a nursery, a space for the Metropolitan Police and a shop, as well as improvements to Tolworth roundabout and the extension of the 281 bus route.

The council refused a smaller application for 705 homes on the site in July 2016 – a decision that developer Meyer Homes appealed.

Kingston Council then did not fight the appeal, because of the likely high costs involved, and Meyer Homes then submitted a larger application after the secretary of state’s inspector suggested the site could hold more homes.

Councillor Malcolm Self, who voted against the 705-home application in 2016 and was part of a group fighting the scheme called Residents Against Over-development, said the circumstances had changed since then, and the inspector’s report is a “material consideration”.

He went on to say he would vote to approve the scheme “with a heavy heart”, because he still believed the plans involved over-development.

The decision, made by nine votes for to one against, gives Meyer Homes the go-ahead to build the first 211 homes at the site – the rest of the scheme has been given permission in outline only.

Cllr Kevin Davis, who was leader of the council when the decision not to fight the 2016 appeal was made, voted in favour.

Comments

What will be finished first,a runway at LHR or this,or neither.
Just get on and build stuff and while your at it build on the Ace site now.

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