Cocks Crescent

Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

1.  The Cocks Crescent Development
2. The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)
3. Design and Development Brief
4. The Masterplan
5. The Co-design and Engagement Process
6. Benefits of the Development
7. Financial details
8. New Homes and Buildings
9. The Malden Leisure Centre
10. Impact on Surrounding Areas
11. Next Steps
12. Other Terminology


 1. The Cocks Crescent Development

What stage is the Cocks Crescent development currently at?
The anticipated stages of the development of the site are:
Stage One: Preparation of the SPD (complete)
Stage Two: Adoption of the SPD (complete)
Stage Three: Design and Development Brief (Spring - Summer 2019)
Stage Four: Masterplan Production (Winter - Spring 2021)
Stage Five: Planning Application (2021-22)

We are currently working on stage three.

How is this engagement process different from the previous engagement process undertaken?
The engagement sessions with the community were incredibly useful: they helped to develop the Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). We’re now moving to the next stage of the process, shaping the Design and Development Brief. We will be continuing the collaborative nature of this development via a co-design process and are keen that as many people in the community are involved as possible.

A review of the process of producing the SPD was undertaken by an independent consultant called Create Streets. The report outlined thoughts on the engagement process so far and recommended the council considers a co-design process in order to maximise community influence on the plans for the site. The report can be found on the council website:

How can I get involved?
In July 2019 we will be holding a number of co-design events with the community to shape a Design and Development Brief for the site. Details of these events can be found in our latest news section. If you’d like to share your views or ask a question, please visit our interactive portal:

 2. The Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

What is a Supplementary Planning Document?
Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD) are documents which provide further detail to the policies in the Local Plan. They can then be used to provide guidance for development on specific sites, or on particular topics, such as design. SPDs can be considered in planning decisions, but do not form part of the development plan.  

Where can I find a copy of the SPD for Cocks Crescent?
You can find a copy of the SPD on the council’s website:

Is the Cocks Crescent SPD still valid?
Yes. The Cocks Crescent SPD was approved for adoption by the strategic Growth Committee in November 2016 (which had responsibility for regeneration and strategic planning). Following the community ‘call in’ in December 2016, the SPD was reviewed by Full Council in April 2017, where it was decided the SPD should be adopted. All planning applications for the site will need to take into account the SPD. Details of the Full Council meeting are available on the council website: 

 3. Design and Development Brief

What is a Design and Development Brief and why is it needed?
A Design and Development Brief will be used by the council to set out what it wants to achieve from the Cocks Crescent site. For example, it will cover the different uses of the development, the types and qualities of open spaces as well as their locations. The Design and Development Brief will then be used to seek a development partner for the site.

A Design and Development Brief is needed to ensure that all partners are clear what will be required of them and to give confidence to the council and community that any development partner will fulfil its ambitions.

The Design and Development Brief is not prescriptive on matters of detailed design. This is because there are a number of ways by which the site could be developed.

 4. The Masterplan

What is a Masterplan?
A Masterplan is a long term plan for improving a specific area. It sets out more detail on how future growth and development will be accommodated. A Masterplan will show how new buildings, open spaces and their surrounding environments are coordinated to create a successful new place. It defines the location of buildings and allocates specific uses and other attributes, including height. The different development phases and timing of works are also considered and taken into account. The Masterplan will set out how the vision in the SPD and the content of the Design and Development Brief are delivered.

 5. The Co-Design and Engagement Process

What is a “co-design” process?
Co-design refers to the process of sharing knowledge to help the design element of the project. For Cocks Crescent, the co-design process is the way in which the council intends to work and engage with the local community to achieve the outcomes identified in the SPD. We want to generate ideas which will help to inform the Design and Development Brief. This joint approach will help to ensure that the proposed development has as many community benefits as possible. The council intend to pursue a similar process to inform the Masterplan.

How will you select which groups will take part in the co-design process?
We aim to involve a wide range of people from the local community and ensure we collect feedback from a variety of different viewpoints. Anyone is welcome to take part and feedback their ideas. 

How much can the public really be involved in a co-design process when there are so many constraints and limitations?
Although the SPD has now been formally adopted and there are constraints on the site in terms of finance, land ownership and planning policy, there are still many aspects of the proposed development which need to be defined and the community has a real opportunity to influence and play a part during the next stage. The output of the co-design process will form the Design and Development Brief for the site. As we progress, there will also be an opportunity to be involved in the co-design process to help inform the Masterplan.

Will the public have any say in the detailed design?
The community will be involved in a number of stages during the development of the site. The co-design process will help shape the Design and Development Brief and eventually the Masterplan. For the Design and Development Brief, we will be discussing with the local community the mix of uses on the site and their locations. This will then be used to seek a development partner for the site. The development partner, together with the council and community, will produce a more detailed Masterplan in response to the Design and Development Brief. 

Are you working closely with Burlington Schools during the development of the Cocks Crescent site?
We have previously worked closely with the two schools and will continue to do so as we move forward to the next stage.  
Achieving for Children (AfC), who are responsible for children’s services in Kingston, have been carrying out initial consultation on proposals to expand the Burlington schools to increase the number of places they provide from 120 each year to 150. The Council and AfC have been working closely together to consider the sites. Details of the proposed expansion of Burlington Infant & Nursery and Burlington Junior Schools can be found here: 
You can contact AfC for further information by following the below link: 

 6. Benefits of the Development

How will New Malden benefit from the proposed redevelopment?
We want to ensure the new development provides better links  to New Malden High Street as well as improved pedestrian access for new residents to help encourage footfall to the local shops, cafes and restaurants and increase the vibrancy of the high street as well as the surrounding area.
What will be the specific benefits on the site?
The planned redevelopment Cocks Crescent will include:

  • the reprovision of a community leisure and wellbeing hub including a new 25m swimming pool and other spaces for community use.
  • improved public open space which will include a new public square. 
  • better pedestrian access to the High Street and surrounding area. 
  • new high-quality and affordable homes that responds to the character of the local area.
  • improved links to the borough’s growing cycling network.
 7. Financial Details

How much will the entire development cost?
The exact cost of the development is not known yet. The council will be able to estimate the cost of the development once we have a clearer idea of what the project will include.

How is the Cocks Crescent development being funded? 
It is more than likely that the development will need to be self funding. This means that any costs associated with the development and community infrastructure will be funded by the development itself; this is most typically through the building and sale of new homes. 

 8. New Homes and Buildings

How many homes are planned within the Cocks Crescent development and wider New Malden area?
This figure has not been decided. The council has a target of new homes to build across the borough, as set by the Greater London Authority and Mayor of London in the London Plan. The development of Cocks Crescent will help in meeting this target.

The number of new homes on the site will be informed by local and regional planning policy (which requires the council to make best use of available land), the potential to fund any proposed community infrastructure on the site, as well as the need to respond to local character and context.

How tall will buildings in the area of Cocks Crescent be? 
The height of new buildings have not yet been determined. The SPD sets parameters for the height of new buildings on the site. These aspects will be discussed further as part of the co-design process, and the detail will ultimately be determined during the planning application stage.

When a planning application is made it will be assessed on their own merits in accordance with the principles set out in relevant planning policies. Residents will have an option to comment on these applications like any other planning application which will be considered at committee.

How many affordable homes will there be?
The number of affordable homes on the site will be determined by a number of factors; including the total number of homes, planning policy and the financial implications of providing the homes and other community infrastructure.

The number of affordable homes is normally quoted as a percentage of the total number of homes on a site. It will also be influenced by local and London wide planning policy, which sets a minimum percentage of affordable homes to be provided in a development.

 9. The Malden Leisure Centre

Why are you moving the existing leisure centre?
The Malden Centre was built in 1987 and requires significant investment from the council to ensure it remains in a usable state. Rather than continuing to spend money patching and repairing the existing ageing building, the council wants to build a new and improved community leisure facility which will be enjoyed for many years to come. 

The borough-wide review of leisure facilities, the Kingston Indoor Sports & Leisure Facilities Strategy was approved at Growth Committee in October 2016 and can be viewed here: This strategy envisaged the Malden Centre becoming a community sport and wellbeing hub which would enhance facilities. Any plans for a new leisure centre will be discussed as part of the co-design and planning process.

Will the existing leisure centre remain if a new one is to be built?
The leisure centre will remain open for as long as possible. The council is mindful of the communities wishes’ for a continued service and will work to try to ensure this is possible. The closure of the leisure centre may become unavoidable if a new leisure centre is provided on the same site. These options will be discussed as part of the co-design process.

 10. Impact on Surrounding Areas

Why has the council chosen this specific area for development?
Kingston’s population is set to increase by 30% by 2036 and New Malden, like many areas across the borough, will need to support this growth and help deliver new homes and local services. The Cocks Crescent site, including the vacant and demolished buildings, offer an opportunity to provide this, whilst improving the current services provided. 

What improvements will there be to open spaces?
Specific improvements to open spaces will be discussed as part of the co-design process and determined through the submission of a planning application. The council is committed to providing the same amount of open space on the new development as there is currently. This principle will be discussed as part of the co-design process.

Will any open space be lost?
There would be no loss of open space within the development as a whole.

Blagdon Road open space is a valued community space, but has the potential for improvement. The council will be working with the local community for suggestions to improve the site and use some of the area to create a better park.

The existing London Plan policy strongly discourages the reduction of open space and the council is committed to retaining the same amount of open space on the redeveloped site. 

Public open space can include areas such as public squares and parks. Reconfiguring the open space would enable a better overall development outcome than if it were retained as it is currently. The new open space would be of a higher quality, creating a safer and more user-friendly environment as well as enhancing biodiversity and ecology.

Will the new development lead to an over subscription of local health services?
Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group are statutorily required to provide health services to residents. We are already working closely with the local NHS Primary Care Network to ensure there is good provision of GP access for all existing and new residents.

What will be done about car parking in the area? 
Planning consent has been granted for the refurbishment of the Blagdon Road car park, which should see an under utilised car park coming back into popular use.

The council and any development partner will review the need for parking for the different uses and consider the issue of congestion and other environmental impacts as part of the development. Local and London wide planning policy sets car parking standards which the Council and any developer will need to take into consideration. It is too early to consider this in detail, as there are no clear proposals for the site. This will be discussed as part of the co-design process.

 11. Next Steps

What is the new proposed timeline for the Cocks Crescent development? 

Please see below for an anticipated timeline:

Stage One: Preparation of the SPD (complete)
Stage Two: Adoption of the SPD (complete)
Stage Three: Design and Development Brief (Spring - Summer 2019)
           - Seek and appoint development partner (Winter 2020).
Stage Four: Masterplan Production (Winter 2020 - Spring 2021)
           -Including further co-design with residents
Stage Five: Planning Applications (2021-22)
Construction Stage: Subject to planning approval, construction on the site will begin (2023). It will take a number of years to complete and is expected the whole redevelopment will be finished by 2027.

 12. Other Terminology

What is a development partner, and who will this be?
A development partner is an external organisation that would partner with the council to help bring realise the vision for the site and move the development forward. The development partner for Cocks Crescent has not yet been identified, and will be selected through a competitive selection process. The partnership between the council and a development partner will mostly likely be as a Joint Venture (see below).

What is a Joint Venture?
A Joint Venture (JV) is a partnership between two or more parties who intend on working together. In the case of Cocks Crescent, the council will be looking for a partner to progress to the next stage which is the development of the Masterplan, and construction of the site.

What is the Local Plan?     
The council is preparing a new Local Plan.You can find out more about the Local Plan on the council’s website: 

The Local Plan will set out a vision for the future of the borough up to 2041 and will guide what development goes where, including homes, schools, infrastructure and transport links.