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BREAKING: Tomorrow’s DC meeting cancelled as St George ask for TOPO development application to be deferred

James Giles

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Following Leader of Kingston Council, Cllr Kevin Davis, earlier today writing about why he feels the Old Post Office development should be rejected, developers St. George have this afternoon requested that their development planning application be withdrawn from the Development Planning Committee agenda, tomorrow evening, in order to allow them to ‘reconsider their position.’  The chair of the committee has agreed to this request.

St George have, however, not withdrawn the entire planning application, but merely delayed the process by deferring the application to a committee on a later date.

Liz Green tweeted earlier today:

Kingston Residents Alliance are continuing to crowdfund for a legal review of the development, which residents can donate to here: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/KingstonResidents/

Cllr Kevin Davis said:

“Since the redesign I have kept my views quiet and listened very hard to what others had to say – something I promised I would… I have even listened to the conspiracy theorists who always think the worst of people such as me who are merely trying to bring change, growth and homes to a town I love dearly and want to see change… The conclusion I have come to is that in policy terms it is very difficult to turn this building down because on balance it conforms to so many things that we want locally or London expects of us regionally.

“For fear I might upset another part of London, it is the sort of thing they are building in Vauxhall where derelict brownfield sites give way to new communities. We have a community, we are not derelict and we need a gateway from the South that stirs the heart and makes us feel proud as we walk towards it.

“This building does not stir my heart and as a proud Kingstonian and Leader of this great Borough, this is why I believe the application should be rejected on the grounds of design quality, finishes and materials. This will send the clear signal to others who will build here that we want homes, we want you to build for us, but we want buildings fit for Kings, not be destroyed by Vikings.”

Tomorrow’s meeting of the Development Control Committee has been cancelled.

Coombe Monthly will continue to update residents on this story as it develops, and has contacted developers for a statement.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Two men charged with Norbiton murder

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Detectives investigating the murder of 22-year-old Malik Chutton in Kingston on 5 August have charged two men.

Finley Ahwan, 19, of Worcester Park, and Kyle Hill, 19, were arrested in August and subsequently bailed. They were charged with murder on Thursday, 1 November.

Both will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, 2 November.

A 20-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early November.

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