Kingston Council has approved a planning application to demolish Kingston Riding School on Crescent Road, and replace it with 52 flats. The planning approval by the Development Control Committee came after the LibDem-run Council decided to remove the protection traditionally given to recreational and community facilities.
A previous planning application for flats on the site was refused due to the loss of outdoor recreational/community facilities. However, following Kingston Council’s new advice that the Council no longer needed to afford the usual protection to local community spaces, meant the fate of Kingston Riding Stables was sealed.
Local residents objected to this latest application, with one Crescent Road resident doing a great job of speaking against the proposals to the remote Council meeting. On behalf of the Conservative Coombe Hill ward councillors, Cllr Ian George spoke against the application too.
Cllr Ian George said: “It is a real shame that the local area will lose these community facilities. In this case, it was a Riding Centre, but now a precedent has been set and all recreational and community facilities are at risk. Developers must be licking their lips and will now be scanning maps of Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton and Chessington for other areas to build flats on. Of course there is a shortage of housing, but building more flats at the same time as reducing local community facilities is a recipe for disaster.”