Petitioning Chair, Development Control Committee Richard Hudson and 24 others

Reject plans for high-rise buildings in Kingston

Development is an inevitable element of any urban centre, and there is tremendous potential for making Kingston a truly unique and vibrant place. Most residents are excited to see plans to revitalise our town, and support our councillors in pursuing a well-balanced and sustainable approach to urban growth.

We refuse to accept, however, that development should come at any cost. We believe that high-rise buildings have no place in Kingston as they will undermine a sense of place, overshadow the town's more human scale, and degrade the historic fabric that makes it such a beautiful and unique place. The St George planning proposal to build a 17 storey tower on the Old Post Office site is one example of the kinds of high-rise projects that will drastically impact our town centre. It will also set an alarming precedent for more tall buildings that will change the character of our town forever.

Tell our councillors and planning officers to refuse to allow the degradation of Kingston through the inclusion of high-rise buildings.

Send the message that what we want is a low- to mid-rise town with a more finely grained, more intricately rich and varied urban fabric, offering choice, contrast, respite, and surprise. This can be achieved by balancing the need for development with: 

  • mixed-use buildings that fit within the surrounding context at a human scale,
  • more pedestrian friendly walkways that allow sunlight and open-views of the sky, 
  • high standards for materials, sustainability, and the greening of urban frameworks,
  • and the animating of urban experience by providing a range of cultural,  recreational, and community spaces.
This petition was delivered to:
  • Chair, Development Control Committee
    Richard Hudson
  • Head of Transport and Planning
    Viv Evans
  • Grove Ward Councillor
    Chrissie Hitchcock
  • Vice Chair, Development Control Committee
    Ken Smith
  • Tudor Ward Councillor
    Maria Netley
  • Tudor Ward Councillor
    Hugh Scantlebury
  • St Mark's Ward Councillor
    Diane White
  • Opposition spokesperson: Health and Social Care
    Yogan Yoganathan
  • Lead Member: Housing
    Ian George
  • Lead Member: Children Youth and Adult Learning
    Andrea Craig
  • Norbiton Ward Councillor
    Sheila Griffin
  • Opposition Spokesperson: Environment and Transport
    Hilary Gander
  • Norbiton Ward Councillor
    Bill Brisbane
  • Canbury Ward Councillor
    Geoff Austin
  • Norbiton Ward Councillor
    Linsey Cottington
  • Lead Member: Environment and Transport
    David Cunningham
  • Grove Ward Councillor
    Phil Doyle
  • Lead Member: Arts, Leisure and Heritage
    David Glasspool
  • St Mark's Ward Councillor
    Liz Green
  • Senior Planner (Major Developments)
    Toby Feltham
  • Development Control Committee
    Mary Clark
  • Development Control Committee
    Mike Head
  • Development Control Committee
    Malcolm Self
  • Development Control Committee
    Jack Cheetham
  • Development Control Committee
    Lorraine Rolfe

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