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A new heart for New Malden - Council and residents working together to create a vision for Cocks Crescent

We are working in partnership with local residents and businesses to come up with a vision for the future of the Cocks Crescent area of New Malden.

Now all local people have the chance to get involved and express their views through a public consultation which runs until 10 August 2015.

Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration at Kingston Council, said:

“This is an excellent example of the Council working with local people from the very start of an ambitious project to enhance one of the borough's key district centres. The Cocks Crescent area of New Malden is an important development opportunity - it’s vital that we get it right and that’s why we recognise the importance of involving local people in developing these plans. After all, they know their area best. Any development of the Cocks Crescent area must meet local needs, add community value and increase the vibrancy of New Malden High Street.”

Local resident associations, businesses and a local architect have come together under the ‘New Malden Future Group’ banner and are working closely with Council officers. That work has led to the Council going out to public consultation on a series of proposed aims for the site which could include:

  • creating attractive pedestrian links between New Malden High Street, Burlington Road, Blagdon Road and Blagdon Road Open Space
  • introducing a new community hub around a public square
  • delivering a high quality, mixed-use development with shops, offices, housing and community services

Information boards explaining the proposed aims have been on display in the New Malden area since 11 July. Opportunities still exist to view the boards at the following locations:

  • until 26 July: New Malden Library
  • 27 July to 2 August: Waitrose, New Malden High Street
  • 1 August: New Malden Farmer’s Market
  • 3 to 7 August: New Malden Methodist Church

The information boards, along with other background information, can also be viewed in consultations where an online survey can be completed. An information booklet and paper survey have also been sent to households in the Cocks Crescent area. The deadline for consultation responses is Monday 10 August.

Following the public consultation, community and stakeholder workshops will be run in the autumn, resulting in a draft Development Brief for the area. Further consultation on a draft Development Brief will take place in the winter with a view to formally adopting it in spring 2016.