Save Our Suburbs: Conservatives Lead fightback to protect our suburbs
Kingston Conservatives have today launched a petition to save Kingston’s Suburbs from Mayor Khan’s disastrous draft London Plan after it was revealed that detached, semi detached homes, and even gardens would be at risk of being developed on.
Published last week the Plan clearly stated that “for London to meet its housing needs, small housing developments of between one and 25 homes must make a substantially greater contribution to new supply across the city. Therefore, increasing the rate of housing delivery from small housing sites is a strategic priority.” With this ill thought through approach, Kingston would have to build 625 small homes per year rapidly destroying our suburbs.
Even more worrying is Mayor Khan’s plans for building around rail stations and town centre boundaries. The plan says, “proposals to increase the density of existing residential homes within 800m of a station or town centre boundary should be favoured through; residential conversions, residential extensions, the demolition and redevelopment of existing buildings, and infill development within the curtilage of a house.” Not only would this lead to intense development in areas where there is a lack of infrastructure, it would also lead to a denser, more packed Kingston placing an ever greater strain on resources and infrastructure. That is why we are urging as many people as possible to sign the petition and let the Mayor know that Kingston's suburbs matter.
Here in Kingston we recognise that there is a housing crisis but asking residents to build another 13,600 homes in the next ten years is a pointless target that we neither could nor would want to implement. An increase of 112% in our housing target is illogical and ill thought through and would only lead to the destruction of our suburbs and Kingston’s heritage. If we don’t act now our suburbs will be changed forever.
Cllr David Cunningham, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration said:
This London Plan has two main things at its core, a drive for greater density and the destruction of London’s suburbs. We recognise that there are significant pressures on housing in Kingston and London, but this is not the way to go about solving it. Mayor Khan really needs to rethink his plan otherwise the effects on Kingston will be damaging.
Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council said:
Kingston is going through a real period of growth and change but that doesn’t mean that we should abandon our heritage and what it means to live here. Kingston’s suburbs are an important part of our heritage and culture and we must protect them as we grow. But Mayor Khan’s London Plan envisages that at least 10% of the homes down our suburban roads will be demolished and replaced with mansion blocks. That is something we can't nor will let happen. So sign the petition, and help us send a message to the Mayor that Kingston's suburbs do matter."
To sign the petition and send Mayor Khan a message that Kingston's suburbs shouldnt be bulldozed down, head to and add your name to the list: http://www.saveoursuburbs.co.uk/