A Conservative-controlled committee has refused permission to St George’s, a property developer, to build a tall building on the Old Post Office site following months of consultation with residents.
After the Development Control Committee decision on 5 November, leading councillors have expressed their views on the decision.
Cllr Richard Hudson said:
The decision over TOPO has sent a clear message that Kingston residents and Councillors expect and deserve better than what was offered by St George. They need to learn from this, stop mucking about, and come back with the best proposal for all parties. They should stop playing a game of seeing what is the least they can get away with. We want the best for Kingston and we want the site brought back to life now, not in another 20 years’ time.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Kevin Davis said:
We have always said that if we have development in Kingston it needs to be of the highest quality. We have supported the developer on this scheme and tried to help them understand the context of what would make a great development for Kingston. Despite many changes and alterations, they still seem to be missing the mark. The latest changes involved new architects advising some parts of the scheme and not others and that has still not given us the results we desire. The Committee's intentions have been made clear and I am sure St George will now wish to reflect how they can give us a scheme that meets our desire for the highest quality design and finish.