Park House Burlington Road development – have your say


Park House, 87 Burlington Road KT3 4QP is currently being converted from a 3 storey office block to 28 flats.

The developers have now applied to build another floor with more flats.

We believe it is important that local voices are heard and so ask that you let the council know your thoughts through a method detailed below.

PROPOSAL: Proposed extension to the existing building at second floor and third floor at the rear and a new fourth floor to accommodate new flats together with associated works – expected until December 2019.

WHAT THIS MEANS: There will be a four storey on Burlington Road towering above all other properties in the vicinity. over 30 new flats will be crammed in but only 17 parking spaces provided. The shared public access road to Burlington School, Blagdon Park, High Street, Malden Centre will have more vehicle traffic on it than ever before.

The full plans can be seen by clicking HERE, or go below to write an objection:

Objection to Park House development - sign

To whom it may concern

I am writing to make a formal objection to the planning application for Park House in Burlington Road, planning application reference 17/15107.

I am writing to object for the following reasons:

- Adverse impact on daylight distribution which will affect surrounding properties - Up to ’13.33% less daylight distribution’ to some houses in Burlington Road.
- I strongly dispute that this building is a 'local landmark' as said by the developer: ‘Our proposed scheme further enhances the role of this building as a local landmark'. This building, at four stories, is out of character with the local area, surrounded by a park and two-storey buildings. Burlington Road is not the home to four-storey plus buildings, and this proposal is out of character.
- The council requirement for 30% family dwellings in DM13 will not be met.
- This site is within the Cocks Crescent SPD. In the SPD, the Council make it clear they will oppose piecemeal development - for this reason, the development should be rejected as it is piecemeal development.
- The Council's car parking requirements for a development this size are 1-1.5 spaces per unit. This development only proposes 0.6 spaces per flat, which will have an adverse impact on parking in the area and local traffic.
- There is no affordable housing or any financial contribution to the Council, which is disgraceful. This also means the development will not meet the 50% affordable target set by RBK.

In light of these facts, and taking into account also the impact this will have on local infrastructure, I urge the Council to reject this application.

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Cocks Crescent SPD approved – but all hope is not lost…


I would like to take the opportunity, on behalf of the Malden Independent Community Organisation, to thank all residents who supported our campaign against construction chaos at Cocks Crescent. Be you one of the 250 who turned up to our rally, one of the 713 who signed our call in, one of the 330 who wrote letters to their Councillors, one of the 1356 who supported our campaign via e-mail and social media, or one of our residents spreading the word with leafletting – a huge thank you to every one of you.

Thank you also to the 200 residents who turned up to Guildhall last Wednesday, providing a strong and united voice against construction chaos in Cocks Crescent and elsewhere in New Malden.

Sadly, despite our best efforts, the Conservative administration pushed through the SPD, breaking a pledge to Beverley Ward residents in the process. The full breakdown is below:

For clarity, voting ‘for’ is to uphold the decision and push through the SPD in its current form, and voting ‘against’ is to change the decision, i.e. not pushing through the current plans for overdevelopment.

This is, however, as ensured at Growth Committee in November, is by no means the end. The next stage of the development is the ‘masterplan’ stage, where the development will be decided in more detail. Councillor Davis and Councillor Cunningham promised to work with residents in shaping the development in this crucial stage, where residents could have the opportunity to be asked whether they want ‘the world’ and high-rise flats, or ‘half the world’ and lower rise flats.

We fully intend to hold Councillors Davis and Cunningham to their promise to work with residents in shaping the development, and will be campaigning hard to ensure he keeps his promise – we will fight for a consultation with residents on height, scale and density in this stage, as we set out above.

MICO members will be kept informed and have the full say on what is important to them within Cocks Crescent as we fight on their behalf for the future of our Town – I, as chairman, promise to involve  all who want to get involved.

I am sure that this decision will be remembered by you for some time, as it was a clear chance to change the direction of growth in our town, and prevent overdevelopment -I’m sure too that you will hold your representatives to account on this decision which they made on Wednesday.

I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to write to you with better news, however the fight goes on and I look forward to working with MICO members to shape the development in the next stages.

If you haven’t already joined MICO, you can do so by going to www.maldenindy.co.uk/join-us or calling 020 3020 0037.

We promise to keep fighting, on your behalf, to prevent gross overdevelopment and work for a true new heart for New Malden at Cocks Crescent.

James Giles, Chairman of MICO

on behalf of your MICO committee

Councillor Head: Keep your promise!


Councillor Head: Keep your promise!

Dear Councillor Head,

In 2009, you promised to oppose ANY residential development in Cocks Crescent (see: http://maldenindy.co.uk/?p=583&preview=true)

You are tonight faced with a decision that will involve residential development on a scale of up to 10-storeys and up to 520 units.

Will you keep your promise that you made, and support residents' plea in opposing this gross overdevelopment in Beverley Ward?

I hope that you will do the right thing, and honour your word. I also hope, having copied in other councillors, they too will listen to our concerns and stand up for us on 19th April.

Yours sincerely,

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In 2009, Councillor Head promised to oppose ANY residential development in Cocks Crescent (see: http://maldenindy.co.uk/?p=583&preview=true)

He is tonight faced with a decision that will involve residential development on a scale of up to 10-storeys and up to 520 units.

Will he keep your promise that you made, and support residents’ plea in opposing this gross overdevelopment in Beverley Ward?

 

Please help ensure Councillor Head keeps his promise by writing to him using the form above, or using mike.head@kingston.gov.uk

Revealed: the ‘inTouch’ they won’t want you to see…


Conservative ‘inTouch’ leaflet: CLICK HERE

Just 24 hours before the Cocks Crescent SPD call-in, where 713 local residents have signed a petition which forced the council to review plans for gross overdevelopment in New Malden, a Beverley Ward Conservative ‘inTouch’ has been found from 2009, wherein the Conservatives make a very clear promise to constituents:

“We will not support any residential development in Cocks Crescent.”

Commenting, MICO Chair, James Giles, said: “We realise that this isn’t necessarily feasible with the current demands for new homes from central government, however to go from supporting zero homes to supporting up to 520 homes in the space of less than eight years really, in my opinion, is rather phenomenal – what has so massively changed to prompt this huge u-turn?

“The leaflet was attributed to the Conservative candidates of the day, Mary Clark and Mike Head – both of whom now serving Councillors. We know that Councillor Clark will be honouring her promise, and opposing overdevelopment, but the question now remains as to whether Councillor Head and the rest of the Conservative Group will.”

In light of this document, we’ve set up a special form for residents to e-mail Councillor Head, urging him to keep his personal promise to residents, and are urging residents to sign it below.

Councillor Head: Keep your promise!

Dear Councillor Head,

In 2009, you promised to oppose ANY residential development in Cocks Crescent (see: http://maldenindy.co.uk/?p=583&preview=true)

You are tonight faced with a decision that will involve residential development on a scale of up to 10-storeys and up to 520 units.

Will you keep your promise that you made, and support residents' plea in opposing this gross overdevelopment in Beverley Ward?

I hope that you will do the right thing, and honour your word. I also hope, having copied in other councillors, they too will listen to our concerns and stand up for us on 19th April.

Yours sincerely,

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MICO will be holding a protest outside Guildhall from 7pm tomorrow, Wednesday 19th April, before the Full Council meeting at 7:30pm where elected representatives will make a final decision on the Cocks Crescent SPD.

All residents are invited to the meeting and demonstration. Your MICO committee look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 7pm, at Guildhall, KT1 1EU.

Decision night THIS WEDNESDAY: One final push. Two ways to help.


My heartfelt thanks to all who turned up on the 25th March to rally against the proposed overdevelopment in New Malden. We had over 250 residents in attendance, and were featured in the Surrey Comet and other local news outlets – all in all, a good success.
This is now the final push in getting Councillors to listen to residents and oppose gross overdevelopment in New Malden, before decision night on the 19th April.
You are, of course, invited to attend the meeting which will determine the future of our town, held at 7:30pm at Guildhall on the 19th April.
 
Before that, there are two ways you can help:
 
(http://maldenindy.co.uk/final-chance-to-e-mail-councillors-before-19th-april/)

This is our final opportunity to apply pressure to our elected representatives. Please write to them as a matter of urgency, telling them to oppose the Cocks Crescent SPD. Alternatively, why not use our handy tool and let us send an e-mail on your behalf?

(http://maldenindy.co.uk/call-your-local-councillors/)

The power of a phone call is underestimated these days – your Councillor has to publish a contact number, which residents are free to use at any time to contact them about any issue. In these final few days, we urge you to call your councillor and express your concerns – it could make all the difference.

And finally, bottoms on seats are crucial on the 19th April… if you could give a lift to a nearby neighbour, or need a lift, please use our handy forms here and we’ll be in touch – thank you for your support in this matter.

(http://maldenindy.co.uk/volunteer-opportunity/give-a-lift-to-a-neighbour-on-the-19th-april/) 

 

(http://maldenindy.co.uk/volunteer-opportunity/i-need-a-lift-on-the-19th-april/)