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Enhancing Kingston’s riverside

Kingston Riverside SPD press release

The council has adopted new planning guidance that will protect and enhance the borough’s riverside, its greatest natural asset.

The Kingston Riverside Public Realm Supplementary Planning Document (SPD), will guide the future of the riverside from Canbury Gardens through to Seething Wells.

Developed in consultation with residents, the SPD provides a clear set of principles that support the vision of Kingston as an enjoyable and pleasant riverside location.

Councillor Malcolm Self, Kingston Council’s portfolio holder for Planning Policy, said:

“Kingston’s history and growth is intimately linked to its position on the River Thames. Not only is the riverside important to our economy, it’s also a significant factor in our quality of life and a corridor for nature. The SPD will help us balance activities and priorities while ensuring we use the area to its full potential.  

“Currently there are stretches of the riverside that, with the right investment, could offer more. The SPD will support future bids for funding from the Greater London Authority and other organisations to help support new projects and improvements.

“A lot of hard work has gone into shaping this document and I’m grateful to everyone who engaged with the process. It’s really important that local people are involved in the decisions affecting their community so that we can make Kingston better together.”

The full Riverside Public Realm SPD is available to view online.