90 Douglas Road, Kingston Upon Thames90 Douglas Rd Surbiton KT6 7SB
The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames has today (31st January 2020) approved Landmark Estates scheme to demolish an existing bungalow at 90 Douglas Road and replace it with two, semi-detached, family-sized dwellings and on-site parking. Although only a small net gain of one dwelling, the scheme will make more effective use of the site and assist Kingston Council in meeting their (currently deficient) housing targets whilst meeting the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) objective of delivering sustainable development.
Significantly, located within an established and attractive suburban neighbourhood (the Council’s supplementary design guidance document designates the site and surroundings as an ‘Area of Established High Quality’) presented planning, design and technical challenges. However, Planning Manager, Phil Holdcroft states “From the start, contextual consideration required a sensitive design and approach. During the application process, we had to demonstrate to the Council that the proposed development would have no adverse or unreasonable impact on the amenity, outlook or light of the neighbouring properties and parking provisions could be met on-site. That this scheme received no neighbour objections and as approved under Officer delegated powers is testament to the design team’s expertise and careful approach”.
Iain Coates, Head of Acquisitions, said “We are delighted to have secured this planning approval given the difficult planning hurdles faced. We look forward to moving the scheme forward”.
Other new properties
A planning application for 23 dwellings, located adjacent to Weymouth marina and within walking distance of the town centre and beach environs is to be submitted in October.
The scheme seeks to replace a low budget car sales and repair facility with a convenience store, four apartments and four detached houses.