the wider transform kingston plans
While we are pursuing plans for the Kingfisher site first, we are also actively considering options to redevelop two other town centre sites as part of Transform Kingston: the Cattle Market car park and the Guildhall complex. In March and April, you gave us valuable feedback and suggestions about how to better connect these sites and deliver a mix of uses that successfully serve Kingston.
New homes and community facilities
More affordable homes are needed for local people, in particular key workers and younger people who can not currently afford to rent or buy in the borough. There are over 900 households living in temporary accommodation and more than 3,700 on the Council’s housing register for social housing.
Additionally these prime sites could provide new commercial units for business and leisure services which are both sustainable and complementary, diversifying the town centre and helping to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Kingston.
Even before the pandemic these offices were underutilised and now with working habits changing over the last 2 years this situation has increased. Similar to many organisations we are reviewing working arrangements and there is a huge opportunity to make more efficient use of our estate with long-term savings and benefits to the taxpayer. The council will continue to deliver services from a range of sites across the borough and is committed to ensuring that communities can access services in a variety of ways. The council will continue to have a strong town centre presence.
By bringing these sites forward for development, the council can also increase opportunities for enhanced facilities for the town, including improvements to outdoor spaces and new community uses for everyone to enjoy, whilst also boosting the local economy and providing both homes and jobs.
The next steps will be developing detailed business cases to support the final decisions on the best method of delivering these once in a lifetime regeneration sites for Kingston Town Centre.
Our intention is that public access to the Guildhall will be maintained and enhanced, whatever we decide to deliver here. This is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the Hogsmill River, creating a new public space for people to experience and enjoy.
Our future will respect and celebrate our historic assets, enhance and increase our green spaces and waterways, provide new spaces to enjoy, promote healthy living, invest in a sustainable future and, most importantly, support our communities and our people.