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BDP's Kingston scheme faces opposition

BDP Kingston regeneration scheme
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BDP faces more than 141 objections to a major regeneration scheme it is planning for Kingston town centre in south west London

In November, the practice submitted plans on behalf of British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme for a mixed-use development on the site of the Eden Walk shopping centre.

But the proposals face stiff opposition from conservation groups, who have raised questions over the scale of the proposed development.

BDP’s plans include 380 homes, 13,830m² of retail, 4,178m² of restaurants and cafes, a 2,896m² cinema plus 3,223m² of office space plus 570 parking spaces. One building in the development is proposed to reach 16 storeys.

A report by planning officials summarised the concerns of the London branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

CPRE said: ‘The conservation movement began in the Arcadian Thames, with a movement to protect the view from Richmond Hill so it is a major concern that important surrounding views could be irrevocably harmed.

‘There is concern that the impact on these views and vistas is not being given sufficient weighting in decision making for major developments in this area.’

The Kingston Upon Thames Society claimed that the scheme is ‘excessively high for its surroundings’ and would be higher than specified in a planning brief for the site.

BDP has already revised the scheme following a pre-application report by Design Council CABE, which said that although a tall building could work well, but a tower included in the original proposals did not have a clear enough identity.

A spokesman for BDP told Architects’ Journal: ‘We found the CABE review a really useful exercise for helping to shape the scheme and we took on board their feedback in our final submitted design.’

Councillors are expected to determine the application at a meeting later this year.

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