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Following on from our July Newsletter, we wanted to let you know that the planning application for the proposed new building on the York Way Estate to provide 19 Council owned affordable homes has now been submitted and is available to view online.

If you would like to view all the documents associated and submitted with the planning application and if you would like to  make any comments please visit: https://publicaccess.kingston.gov.uk/online-applications and enter the reference number: 20/02219/FUL

Hello! Welcome to our website which aims to provide you with information on our plans to build a new apartment building, adjacent to the existing residential buildings on the York Way Estate and to give you the opportunity to have your say on our proposals.

We will regularly update this website to include any updated design proposals and any other information or news as we progress towards submitting our planning application. If you would like to be kept up to date on our emerging proposals for  York Way, please take a couple of minutes to register.

Please note that any visuals or photographs shown on this website are for illustrative purposes only and may be subject to change.

Introduction

York Way is part of the Kingston Small Sites Affordable Housing Programme being delivered by The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to provide affordable council-owned housing in small sites across Kingston. Homes built under this programme will be some of the first that the Borough has directly commissioned within the last 30 years and will remain in the council’s ownership as part of their general housing stock.

The programme is being funded through the Greater London Assembly (GLA) ‘Building Council Homes for Londoners’ fund with additional funding from the Council. 

The site is accessed from York Way and is bounded by a railway line to the north and west.  York Way is one of a number of cul de sac’s and crescents close to the site which extend off of Garrison Lane. This forms a key route to the south which provides access to Chessington South station and onto Leatherhead Road (A243) which runs north to Kingston and South to the M25.

The site benefits from being immediately adjacent to Chessington South railway station which provides railway services into Kingston and London to the north.  There are also five bus stops within a 5 minute walk of the site providing services into Epsom and Kingston Town Centres.  There are a number of amenities close by including Churchfields and Sir Francis Baker recreation grounds, Ellingham Primary School, Chessington Secondary school, the Merritt Medical centre and a supermarket.

The development of the site has the potential to deliver 24 new residential homes for Kingston, at genuinely affordable rent levels, including three-bedroom family homes.

Proposals

The proposals comprise of the redevelopment of the existing car parking area to the west of the series of housing blocks located at the end of York Way and will consist of a 5 storey building comprising 24 homes with a mix of one, two and three bedroom homes with 12 car parking spaces provided in a car park at the northern end of the new building and about 36 cycle parking spaces – in line with the London Plan – for residents.

There will be a  major upgrade to the existing play and amenity provision, which will benefit both the new and existing residents.

All flats will be dual aspect and will benefit from private gardens or balconies oriented towards Garrison Lane and overlooking the newly created open space. As the proposal will introduce significant new landscaping, it will greatly improve the setting for the surrounding established residential blocks and its residents by replacing the current hardstanding with greenery, planting and play space.   

The design also allows for a new pedestrian route through the space providing an alternative car fee route to the adjacent station.  New tree and shrub planting will be provided creating an attractive green outlook for all homes looking out onto this new space.  Existing bin stores will be maintained and a new recycling compound will be created to house the existing recycling bins.  Car parking for the new homes will be provided in a small car park at the northern end of the new block.

York Way CGI
View from Garrison Lane looking South Towards the Site
York Way CGI
View from York Way Looking Down Towards the Site
York Way CGI
View of Communal Green Space & Proposed Building Containing the Space

Drawings

York Way Ground Floor Plan
Proposed Ground Floor Plan
York Way Landscape Plan
Proposed Landscape Plan

Public Exhibition

Exhibition presentation with audio

Due to the current circumstances, our Public Exhibition will be held online via webinar on the following days. The project team will present the proposed scheme and will respond to any questions raised:

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If you can’t attend either of these days or times, an audio recording of our presentation is available here.  Alternatively, please email or telephone us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Have Your Say

The consultation period on this scheme has now finished, however there will be a further opportunity for you to comment on the scheme once we have submitted our planning application and the Council start their own consultation period.

Please click here to see our newsletter which gives you some details on the feedback we received from the consultation.

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We take data protection seriously. Please only provide your personal details if you are willing for them to be used by Barton Willmore and the project team for the purpose of research in connection with this project and in order to update you on the progress of the project. Your details will be treated as confidential and will not be shared, passed on or used by any third parties and they will only be retained until the end of the planning process for the project, after which time they will be deleted.If you wish to withdraw consent to the processing of your personal data you may do so by emailing: York.Way@bartonwillmore.co.uk

FAQs

The surveys do not give a true picture of the parking situation on the site. The areas which people are using to park are not parking spaces. Will further surveys consider this?

The parking surveys are carried in accordance with Lambeth Methodology and parking demand information are collected overnight. This approach is considered to present the worst-case scenario. It is understood that parking stress is the highest overnight i.e. when residents stay at home and park in the local area. As detailed above, the further surveys that have been commissioned will enable further understanding.

Why has underground parking not been considered to deal with the lack of parking and supply future residents?

The area is considered as a highly sustainable location. Policy therefore aims to encourage sustainable travel. For this reason, the proposals seek to discourage residents to travel by private vehicles.

How have new play areas and communal areas been designed to limit anti-social behaviour?

It has been mentioned that anti-social behaviour occurs within the communal area at the back of the residential buildings. One reason for this is maybe due to it being a secluded spot.

Passive surveillance is a very effective deterrent for antisocial behaviour. We are designing the new residential building to have lots of homes overlooking the communal space. The ground floor homes will have their own front doors and front gardens addressing the space and the flats above will have balconies overlooking the space. The design also respects sightlines into the communal garden from existing residential buildings ensuring existing surveillance is not reduced.

By providing additional play facilities alongside communal facilities, we hope adjacent residents enjoy using the space more for longer periods of time making antisocial behaviour less desirable.

There is a well-equipped play area located at the end of Garrison Lane. Why has this not been considered, so that the proposed play area can instead be used for parking?

Planning guidance encourages new developments to provide doorstep play adjacent to homes, particularly for the youngest children, aged 5 and under. Our intention is to provide local play facilities primarily for the residents living adjacent to the communal garden to enjoy close to homes. In many instances children in the play area can be viewed from the homes which we hope would be welcomed. The Garrison Lane playground is a larger facility providing play facilities for a wider area.

The proposed development consists of 5 storeys. The current block has only 3 storeys. Will the new building overlook the current building and restrict light into the current property?

The 3 storey blocks start at a higher level than the proposed 5 storey block. The proposed building is therefore only 3.6 metres higher than the existing 3 storey buildings, and only 1.6 metres higher than the existing 4 storey building, to the north of the site. The proposed building is set at an angle to the existing blocks and so, even where the proposed and existing blocks are closest, the windows do not directly face each other. The layout configuration of the proposal has also sought to allow daylight and sunlight to permeate around, as well as over the building, ensuring the occupants within the neighbouring three and four storey residential buildings maintain good levels of daylight and sunlight in the proposed condition.

What is the footprint of the proposed building?

The building footprint is 483.07sqm.

Why was this site chosen when there are empty fields across the road, at the closed golf club?

We are unable to build on the empty fields at the golf course because they are in the Green Belt and the principle of developing new homes on this land is not in line with planning policy. Whereas the site we have identified is in an existing urban area, close to public transport facilities and existing services. It is therefore considered to be an appropriate location for new residential development.

How will the proposed development affect local services, such as schools and GP and healthcare services?

The proposed homes will be 100% affordable for existing Kingston residents on the Council’s housing list and from within the Borough. Therefore, the proposal would not be adding additional requirements to the local infrastructure and services.

You have said that you will raise points such as parking with the Council. How can I keep track of responses and updates?

We will be providing regular updates on the website, we will also send updates to the email mailing list, which you can also sign up for on the website.

On street parking is a problem. Have you carried out surveys to understand the implications that the proposals may have on this?

The initial parking survey carried out on-site confirmed that parking take place on-site (hardstanding to the front of the garages) and that demand for this area is high. To better understand this and propose adequate mitigation strategy, the team has commissioned further parking survey that will cover wider area of the site. This will provide us with better understanding of parking situation in the area and inform mitigation strategy for the scheme. This approach was discussed and agreed with Officers at Kingston Council.

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