Approved: Underused Blagdon Road site set for regeneration

A package of underused land in New Malden is set to be transformed following approval at Development Control Committee on 20 February.

The centrally-located site is made up of two pieces of land, the 0.3 hectare Blagdon Road multi-storey car park which is owned by Grainrent and the 0.6 hectare cleared area of land directly behind the car park, which has been vacant since 2012 and is owned by the council.

The plans include creating 91 new homes, 28 of which will be affordable homes, as well as public space improvements and additional cycle and car parking for both this development and the adjacent New Malden House.

Cllr Roy Arora, Chair of Development Control Committee at Kingston Council, said:

“The existing 1970s building is unfit for purpose, with a lot of vacant space in a key area of regeneration in New Malden’s thriving town centre. I’m delighted that the committee has approved these exciting plans, which will see 31% of the homes built being truly affordable, with 14 being allocated for shared ownership opportunities and the other 14 being at an affordable rent rate.

“We assessed a number of factors in reaching our decision, including the impact on the neighbours and character of the local area, the quality of the housing proposed and parking. A number of public car parking spaces will be kept on the site so that those visiting The Malden Centre and the high street are able to do so.”

The Blagdon Road Car Park building, which has only three out of six parking levels currently in use, is also home to two storeys of vacant office space. Lidl and the Fit4Less gym on the ground floor of the building will remain.

For more information on the plans, view the Development Control Committee report.