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Kingston Council welcomes Planning Inspectorate’s decision to reject plans for Surrey House

Kingston Council has welcomed the decision by Mike Hayden, Planning Inspector, to reject the planning application for Surrey House, following an appeal by the developers.

The Inspector supported the council’s reasons for refusing the application which included: poor design and harm to the nearby Grade II listed Post Office and conservation area; failure to take the opportunities for improving the character and quality of the area and not incorporating sufficient family housing or affordable homes.

Salmon Harvester, submitted an application in early 2018 to build a 10-12 storey development including 311 flats, shops and other commercial spaces in Eden Street in Kingston’s Town Centre.

Cllr Malcolm Self, Kingston Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Economic Development, said:

“We welcome the Inspectors support of our planning committee’s decision to refuse the application. The appeal makes clear that the proposal did not meet the borough’s housing need, wasn’t in keeping with the character of the area and didn’t offer suitable public realm spaces.

“This decision will guide future decision making and sends a clear message that the council will always look to ensure that any large-scale developments benefit the borough.”