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Cocks Crescent - the New Report
Reprinted from The RBK Website:
A recent report produced by Create Streets for Kingston Council outlines recommendations for the redevelopment
of the Cocks Crescent site, located between Malden Leisure Centre and Blagdon Road car park in New Malden.
This follows a process of resident engagement at the end of last year.
It outlines thoughts on delivering homes, as well as a modern leisure centre and recommends that the council continues
to work together with local people to develop plans for the wider New Malden area.
We will build on the work carried out with residents and communities during the development of the
Cocks Crescent Supplementary Planning Document (2017) to bring the most benefit to the wider area.
Engagement events are currently being planned for the spring to start work on the designs and plans for the area.
Further details will be announced in the coming weeks to encourage as many local people as possible to be involved and input into the plans.
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Fairview Homes proposal for redevelopment of the Homebase site, Kingston Road with housing – design workshop 24 January 2019
Edited comments of attendees of the workshop.....
We thought that the event was very positive and constructive in its approach. There were 5 tables of residents and councillors, with someone from Fairview and the public relations company on every table. There were also 4 members of the police present. The PCSO* on our table was mainly concerned with making the car park defensible space. Cllr Ryder Mills suggested that the new development could be the site of a new community policing office for a cluster of three wards- Beverley, Norbiton and we didn’t catch the other (Coombe Vale would be the nearest). We are asking for clarification on this- apparently it will not affect the current number of police officers/PCSOs allocated to each ward.
The workshops were structured to go through the following issues one by one: constraints; access and parking; location of amenity space; height and scale; landscaping; and finishing materials. The intention is that the outcome of the workshops will feed into the redesign of the proposal on which there will be general public consultation in March. The initial construction start of November has been put back until March 2020.
It was stated that the adjoining Adams House site together with the residential properties in Dickerage Lane were not included and that the owner of the land would be coming forward with their proposals independently. However, Fairview were seeking to co-ordinate their development with that site. Lawsons at the back of Homebase want to stay and apparently have obtained planning permission to upgrade their premises.
Fairview said that their scheme had reduced to around 300 flats (previously 320) and they aim to include 35% affordable housing. About 2/3 of the affordable housing (i.e. about 24% of the total) should be social housing, and they committed to mixing it in with the other flats. The feeling on our table was that even the slightly lowered figure of 300 units was a bit too much The mix of 1,2,&3 bed flats and size of the flats had not yet been finalised. Everyone will have a balcony, and no flats will be entirely north facing.
Their attention was drawn to the fact that there is tension between residents and the council about the need for car parking. However, they were providing parking spaces in line with what the council was telling them. This is 45% provision. As part of this there would be 20% electric vehicle charging points and provision for all the remaining spaces to be included in the future. The car parking would be in the form of a sub croft with amenity space over it. They prefer a central parking facility with flats all around and consider perimeter parking areas environmentally unfriendly. which met with approval.
Fairview explained that there were various Tree Preservation Orders around the site and that they would be respecting these. Also that the development would be set back from the pavement edge with shrubbery.
Four options were put forward in relation to the form, height, location of the buildings and amenity space. The options included a continuous building form along the frontage, broken up frontage by amenity space, and amenity space on the corner of St Johns Rd. It was said that play-space for under 5s was going to be included within the development. All the options included variations in heights of the individual blocks. The lowest option involved a series of 5-7 storeys, the highest included a 15 storey block with the majority of the remainder in that option being 5 storey blocks. However, it was said that this option was included just to show how development would look with a taller block. We preferred options with 5 or 6 storeys and a mix of 7 and 8 further back. They seemed to take on board a request for no higher than 7 storeys, also to consider 3-4 storeys on the Dickerage Lane side. A person who lives in Dickerage Lane was concerned about overlooking but Fairview tried reassuring by saying that the separation distance would be sufficient.
In terms of the appearance and materials they showed a variety of potential finishes and the example of their current development at White Hart Lane, Tottenham. This was up to 7 storeys high, and the architects are called Metropolis. They seemed amenable on the finish- not that pseudo-Victorian engineering brick that RBK planners seem to like.
Traffic and access
In relation to access it was said that the only option acceptable to the council was via St John’s Road. They have proposed entry and exit points to the development in St Johns Road, as they wanted to avoid disrupting traffic in Kingston Road and in Dickerage Lane by the school. Residents highlighted concerns about how busy Kingston Rd is already and the problems with this junction due to Aldi. Fairview said that the housing development would generate fewer traffic movements than Homebase. They had been discussing various possibilities with the council including traffic lights and roundabout. However, this needs to be considered in conjunction with the existing pedestrian crossing at Dickerage Lane as there needs to be minimum distances between traffic lights.
We suggested the possibility of widening St Johns Rd to provide two lanes for exiting St Johns Rd and reversing the access to the Aldi/Matalan car park to allow more space for cars to queue as this is the problem currently. When we asked whether Fairview had spoken to either Matalan or Aldi, they admitted that they hadn't. We said that the Aldi car park will be used as an overflow car park to the development, which will impact on Aldi’s customers at peak times.
Cllr Ryder Mills mentioned that the Kingston Road cycle lanes have been agreed and the developers’ maps already show cycle tracks. We have written to Cllr Edwards to ask if that is indeed the case, and to express disappointment if it is, given that NMRA objected and there has been no discussion since, nor notification at the Neighbourhood Cttee as far as we are aware. If it is, then we wouldn’t have thought there would be space for a right-turn lane from the Kingston Road into St John’s Rd.
*Police Community Support Officer
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