Local people are encouraged to help shape the future of Kingston’s vibrant riverside following the launch of a consultation today (19 January) on new draft planning guidance.
The council is set to introduce a riverside ‘supplementary planning document’, which will give clear policy guidance on the borough’s expectations for this key waterside location.
The document, which relates to the area from Canbury Gardens through to Seething Wells, will focus on how the open space along the riverside is used and design guidelines for the public spaces.
The introduction of this important planning document will also enable the council to apply for grant funding to bring about improvements to public space and sustainable transport.
Councillor David Cunningham, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Regeneration at Kingston Council, said:
“Kingston’s riverside is an integral part of our identity as a borough, underpinning the local economy, providing wonderful amenity for our residents, businesses and visitors as well as providing a unique habitat where wildlife thrives. However, we need to make sure that we’re making the most of this key asset by improving the use of public space, links with the town centre and ensuring that, as our population grows, there’s a good balance of activities for all.
“The history of Kingston’s riverside is inseparable from its history and status as a Royal Borough. There is an opportunity to create a heritage trail which takes in Hampton Court Palace, the Coronation Stone, and the planned permanent mooring on Kingston riverside of the Queen’s royal barge, the Gloriana.
“The consultation process has local people at the heart of this process. Have your say and shape Kingston’s future.”
The eight week consultation will run until 18 March 2018.
Once responses are collected and analysed, a decision on the draft planning document will be taken to Growth Committee for final decision.
To take part in the consultation, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/riverside, call 020 8547 5002 or view a hard copy of the document in your local library or the contact centre (Guildhall 2). Join the conversation on social media by using #MyKingstonRiverside.