Sadiq's disastrous plan for Kingston: Higher density and destroying our suburbs
Thousands of homes will be built across Kingston’s suburbs including in gardens and end-of-terrace plots if Sadiq Khan’s London Plan is approved.
The news came after the Labour Mayor of London released his long awaited London Plan last Wednesday with a public launch on Friday. As part of the new plan Kingston would be required to permit to build 1,364 homes per year more than double its previous target.
The Labour Mayor of London’s solution to this target, is to build more homes of a greater density meaning that residents in Kingston would see a greater strain on services. It would also mean that in Kingston we would have to knock down one home and replace it with two, demolishing our suburbs and changing Kingston forever.
We recognise that there is a housing crisis in London and that Kingston has to play its part, but this is not the way to do it. If we are going to build more homes then we must build the right homes for our communities and ensure that what we do build maintains the quality of life for the people that already live here. Setting Kingston a target of 13,640 homes to permit in 10 years is a ridiculous figure and one which would bulldoze down everything that is great about the suburbs and Kingston.
Cllr David Cunningham, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration said:
Under this Labour Mayor of London we have seen a London Plan which would destroy our suburbs in the drive for more homes. Kingston is going through a period of real growth and change, that is why we have to protect our suburbs and what makes Kingston special. Today we have learnt that Mayor Khan isn’t interested in Kingston’s heritage, he just wants to knock it all down for thousands of new homes.
Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council said:
Throughout Mayor Khan’s London Plan, he talks about protecting culture and heritage in the face of change and growth. Yet the consequences of his London Plan for Kingston would mean destroying this heritage. Many of the homes in our great Royal Borough, would be bulldozed down and replaced with significantly more homes than what local services would be able to cope with. I would urge Mayor Khan to think again and help protect Kingston’s suburbs.