Conservatives demand more affordable homes for Kingston residents
Conservative councillors have demanded more affordable homes and a better deal for Kingston. Councillors and residents alike accept that the former Toby Jug site needs to be redeveloped but it needs to done in a way that improves the local area for residents in Tolworth. Which is why Conservatives successfully spoke out against the application last night and refused to accept the current proposal for many reasons including the lack of affordable housing, the design of the scheme, and the potential ramifications of Sadiq Khan’s new London Plan.
At the meeting, local Conservative councillors spoke out against Meyer Bergman’s 950 homes application. The primary concern was the lack of affordable housing for Kingston residents which stood at 25% of the 950 units proposed.
With such a large scheme on a brownfield site, Conservative councillors called for a larger number of affordable homes be made available so that a greater number of Kingstonians have a chance of owning their own home. They also voiced their concerns over issues to do with the density of the scheme and the infrastructure problems caused by increased traffic, pollution and parking problems that any scheme will generate.
Cllr Richard Hudson, Alexandra Ward said:
I am glad that the proposal for 950 homes was kicked out and that this overdevelopment of Tolworth has been put to a stop. One of the biggest issues facing London, Kingston and my family is affordable housing. I have recently become a grandfather so I know how hard it is for young families to find good quality family homes in Kingston. So on a site like this we need to have accommodation that is affordable for young families and future generations like my children.
Cllr Chris Hayes, Alexandra Ward said:
I am pleased that this Conservative Council has demanded a better deal for Tolworth residents on this application, which fell short in a number of areas. It’s a positive that the Council has been successful in negotiating from less than 100 affordable homes to over 230. That means more affordable homes for young professionals, and it means that more young people and young adults growing up in Tolworth are given the opportunity to live locally instead of being priced out of London.
By securing more affordable homes we will be able to give more young people a stake in Kingston’s future and be part of making Kingston a fairer society for all.