Eden Walk set for regeneration following approval of plans by Kingston Council
The Eden Walk Shopping Centre is set to be regenerated following the approval of proposals at Development Control Committee last night (Wednesday 26 May).
The Eden Walk Shopping Centre is set to be regenerated following the approval of proposals at Development Control Committee last night (Wednesday 25 May).
Plans from the British Land and the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) include 380 homes, office space, a new shopping centre, a cinema, public car parking, as well as creating public spaces and remodelling the memorial gardens.
With a steadily increasing population, the borough is welcoming appropriate development which respects the historic environment of Kingston town centre, incorporating high quality design, to secure regeneration and to supply the supporting infrastructure to make growth a success.
On the approval, Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration at Kingston Council, said:
“This development is a major boost for Kingston and its future prospects. Attracting over £400 million of investment into our town centre marks a significant vote of confidence in the future direction of our borough and provides a regenerated new shopping centre as well as much needed housing.
“We will be working hard with the developer over the coming months to ensure they continue the very good work they have done on engaging with Kingston residents as they seek to build this scheme.”
Considerate development is key to the regeneration of the town centre. The Eden Quarter Development Brief was created by the Council in 2015 to provide detailed guidance to developers on the borough’s expectations on growth in the area. The final two-stage decision process for Eden Walk Shopping Centre began on 18 May with local people and councillors able to comment and ask questions at the Pre-Decision Development Control Committee meeting.
Notes to editors
- Since 2001, Kingston’s population has grown by over 13 per cent from 149,000 to 168,700, and is predicted to grow by a further 7 per cent to 181,000 by 2025, and by a further 3 per cent to 186,200 by 2035.
- The developer’s resident engagement on the proposals included public exhibitions, local events and drop-in sessions.