SPD: Cocks Crescent

Cocks Crescent Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) - questions and answers

Contents

Why is the council proposing to regenerate Cocks Crescent?

What is the vision for Cocks Crescent?

What are development plan documents (DPDs)?

What is a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)?

What is the purpose of the Cocks Crescent SPD?

Has the public been involved in shaping the Cocks Crescent SPD?

Does the SPD set out details of how Cocks Crescent will be developed? 

How will the SPD control future development? 

How many homes are planned within the Cocks Crescent area?

Does the SPD guarantee protecting the Blagdon Road open space? 

How high will future buildings in the area be?

Will New Malden House (former Spillers Building) be extended?

What about housing density?

What about parking and congestion? 

What about access to properties during years of building works and beyond?

What about the impact of an increased population on schools, doctors and other vital services? 

Pollution and air quality

What is a call in?

 


 Why is the council proposing to regenerate Cocks Crescent?

Cocks Crescent presents an enormous opportunity to boost the vitality of New Malden district centre whilst providing much needed housing for the borough's growing population. Kingston's population is set to increase by 30 percent by 2036 and Cocks Crescent has been identified as an area which could support this growth while delivering maximum community benefit.

What is the vision for Cocks Crescent?

Cocks Crescent will be transformed into a new heart for New Malden, consisting of a vibrant mixed use development with a new Community Sport and Wellbeing Hub and public square.  The site is proposed to be redeveloped in a way that responds to the aspirations and needs of the local community and the wider borough.

The vision for the scheme has been developed through a comprehensive process of analysis, assessment and engagement, reflecting the priorities set out in the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Community Plan. It incorporates direct feedback from the public which we received through the consultation process.


Ten storeys, in those parts of the site where there is little impact on the amenity of existing properties, is acceptable in this context.

What are development plan documents (DPDs)?

Development plan documents (DPD) are planning policy documents which combined make up the 'local plan'. This sets out the overall vision and planning strategy for development in the borough and contains planning policies to ensure that new development addresses the economic, environmental and social needs of the area. It also identifies strategic sites and strategic locations that will accommodate most of the new development needed.

The DPDs relevant to the Cocks Crescent scheme are the London Plan (2016) and Kingston Council's Core Strategy (2012). These documents help to guide development within a local planning authority area by setting out the detailed planning policies that officers use to make decisions on planning applications.

What is a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)?

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) give more detail to the policies outlined in the local plan, in this case Kingston Council's Core Strategy (2012). SPDs are a primary reference when determining planning applications.

What is the purpose of the Cocks Crescent SPD?

The Cocks Crescent SPD has been prepared to guide the redevelopment of Cocks Crescent with the goal of achieving comprehensive regeneration of the site and delivering maximum community benefit.

Has the public been involved in shaping the Cocks Crescent SPD?

The SPD has been developed with significant community input and sets out a shared vision for the future redevelopment of the site. In particular, the New Malden Future Group has played a pivotal role in supporting engagement and helping shape the SPD so that it reflects local aspirations. 

The overall engagement process carried out for the SPD comprised of three stages of engagement, concluding with formal consultation carried out over summer 2016 for an eight week period from 1 July - 29 August 2016.

  • Stage 1 (summer 2015) - high-level engagement issues and aspirations 
  • Stage 2 (autumn-winter 2015) - detailed engagement design options 
  • Stage 3 (summer 2016) - formal public consultation

During the stage 3 consultation period, a total of 463 responses, detailing over 6,000 individual comments, were received. For further information on each stage of consultation please click here.

Does the SPD set out details of how Cocks Crescent will be developed?  

The Cocks Crescent SPD sets the framework within which development of the area will be guided. Any planning application on the site must comply with the key overarching principles set out in the SPD. These include:

  • A comprehensive redevelopment outcome that supports the Cocks Crescent vision.
  • A new civic focus for New Malden in the form of a new, council-owned community sport and wellbeing hub including a 25 metre swimming pool.
  • A mix of uses that strengthens the role of the New Malden District Centre and enhances its vitality and attractiveness.
  • Development that optimises population and economic growth to meet the needs of a growing population.
  • Development that accounts for existing and planned infrastructure and contributes appropriately to local services and requirements, such as schools and healthcare.

How will the SPD control future development? 

The SPD sets out a series of strategies and requirements that any future planning application will be assessed against. This includes:

  • A land use strategy.
  • An access and movement strategy.
  • A height and scale strategy.
  • An urban design strategy. 

How many homes are planned within the Cocks Crescent area?

Redevelopment will deliver high-quality new and affordable homes that embody exceptional sustainability features and are in keeping with the character of the local area.

The planning system has no power to limit the number of homes being proposed for any area. Each planning application will be dealt with on its own merits with respect to existing planning policy. 

An SPD has a limited scope. Legally it cannot set a minimum or maximum on the number of houses. The right to submit a planning application in the area is unaffected by the SPD.

Does the SPD guarantee protecting the Blagdon Road open space? 

Blagdon Road open space is a valued local asset which has potential for significant improvement. Existing London Plan policy strongly discourages the reduction in open space and the council has no plans to do so. As part of the redevelopment of Cocks Crescent, the council aims to deliver a significant upgrade to the open space. 

  • The council would give consideration to the reconfiguration of Blagdon Road open space where it can be demonstrated that:
  • There would be no loss of open space with the development as a whole.
  • The reconfigured open space would be a higher quality than the existing open space provision, creating a safer and more user-friendly environment as well as enhancing biodiversity and ecology.
  • The reconfiguration of the open space would enable a better overall development outcome than if it were retained in its current form.

How high will future buildings in the area be?

The SPD sets out opportunities for building heights within the site taking into consideration the surrounding context. The height guide is based on the aim to create a varied and interesting townscape and to support relevant land uses and spaces. Planning applications will be assessed on their own merits in accordance with the principles set out in the SPD.

The council is bound by National and London planning policy regarding land use. Ten storeys, at a point where there is little impact on the amenity of existing properties, is acceptable in this context.  

Will New Malden House (former Spillers Building) be extended?

The New Malden House (the former Spillers Building) is currently 10 storeys and has been unanimously consented by Development Control Committee for a two storey extension. This would bring the total height to a maximum of 12 storeys. Converting vacant, derelict buildings into high-quality homes is encouraged in order to address the alarming shortfall in homes across London.

What about housing density? 

An SPD cannot dictate density or place a limit on the number of houses. This is set out in the London Plan as referenced in the Cocks Crescent SPD.

What about parking and congestion? 

Existing policy determines the effect of any planning application on access and movement. Existing policies in the London Plan dictate car parking requirements and any planning application must abide by them.

What about access to properties during years of building works and beyond?

A construction method statement must be submitted as part of any planning application. Existing users have a legal right to continued access.

What about the impact of an increased population on schools, doctors and other vital services? 

The council is statutorily required to provide these services and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Achieving for Children have no objections to the SPD.

Pollution and air quality

Monitoring of any impact of development on air quality is outside of the scope of this SPD. Pollution and air quality in the borough is addressed by the Air Quality Action Plan.

What is a call?

100 interested people who live or work in the borough may request a call-in to review any decision of a Strategic or a Neighbourhood Committee other than when they are exercising regulatory functions, within a period of five working days from the publication of the decision.

Criteria for a call in must be as follows:

  • An interested person is defined as someone who lives, works, studies, or owns a property or business in the borough.

  • Publication is defined as being included in the published minutes of the Committee’s meeting.

  • To be accepted as valid, a community call-in must be submitted in writing and identify the decision to be called in and the reason(s) for it being called-in.

The purpose of a call-in is to enable the Council to consider whether a decision made by Committee should be asked to review its decision. Call-in provides an opportunity to ensure that the Council adheres to the principles of good decision-making.

 


For further information, please contact:

Strategic Planning
Guildhall 2
Kingston upon Thames
KT1 1EU

Telephone: 020 8547 5002

Email: localplan@kingston.gov.uk