Council sets out vision for new-look north Kingston

Proposals to transform part of north Kingston around the old gasworks have been unveiled by council planning chiefs.

A school, housing, a park and better pedestrian and cycle routes to the riverside and town centre are envisaged in Kingston Council’s draft planning brief for the area.

Proposals being consulted on would mean closing Kingsgate Road and diverting traffic along Seven Kings Road to Sury Basin.

People are being asked to help shape the council’s brief which is designed to guide developers before they submit plans to regenerate the gasholder site and the surrounding area including the Kingsgate car park, under the Kingston Futures programme to unlock potential and boost economic growth and jobs.

Councillor Simon James, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Planning Policy, said:

“We want to transform this largely derelict part of Kingston to address the poor quality of what is an important gateway to the town centre.”

People can see the draft planning brief and ask questions at Kingston College’s Richmond Road centre on Tuesday 1 October from 5.30–9pm, and copies are available for inspection at Kingston and Tudor libraries and the council’s offices at Guildhall 2, High Street, Kingston.

The consultation closes on Tuesday 22 October.