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Have your say on the future direction of travel for the borough

A Direction of Travel document, launched by Kingston Council in collaboration with the new Mayor of London, identifies potential opportunities for growth, infrastructure and investment in the borough.

The document supports the development of areas within the borough to provide new homes, jobs and investment. It also marks the start of the development of a new Kingston Local Plan and lays the framework for subsequent work. To help the Council better understand local priorities, residents and local businesses are invited to share their views between Friday 24 June and Monday 29 August.

Kevin Davis, Leader of The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames said:

“We want to embrace our future, making the most of the opportunities available to the borough. The Direction of Travel document sets out our plans, jointly, with the Mayor of London. We are responding positively to our growing population, to help provide the homes, jobs and facilities future Kingston residents will need. We will support growth and achieve investment whilst recognising the special nature of our Royal Borough. Our vision for the future is supported by the new Mayor of London. Before we begin our journey we want to hear from our residents. Please take this opportunity to consider the future opportunities available to the borough and let us know what you think.”

The Direction of Travel document identifies the following areas as those with potential for investment:

  • Kingston Town Centre, the Cambridge Road Estate, New Malden and Tolworth (identified as areas with immediate opportunity for growth);
  • The Hogsmill Valley (identified as an area likely to provide opportunities for growth in the medium term, dependant on the requirements of nearby facilities and utilities);
  • Chessington (identified as a potential long term area of opportunity linked to the arrival of Crossrail 2 in 2030).

To help ensure people can review the document and share their views, printed copies of the Direction of Travel document are available from council offices and at libraries across the borough. Members of the planning team will be attending a variety of local events to talk to residents, answer questions and receive feedback. Details of these events will be provided online. The document can be viewed online at www.kingston.gov.uk/consultations, where an online survey can be completed.

The deadline for consultation responses is Monday 29 August.

The results of the consultation will be used to make changes to the document, and will be reported to Growth Committee in autumn, prior to adoption. Consultation responses will be used to develop and inform the new Local Plan.