The reason that we have so many inappropriate planning applications such as the 11 – 25 Leatherhead Road, being approved by our Council is that Kingston have very high housing targets to meet. If Kingston do not meet them, they are in ‘tilted balance’ which means that planning decisions could be taken away from our Council and made centrally.
We are sure you would agree that in view of this information it is very important that these housing targets are both fair and achievable. The housing targets were increased because we were expecting to have Crossrail 2 come to Kingston. Now it seems highly unlikely that it will ever come. Consequently, the housing targets should be reduced. Our CDRA Officer for Planning has written to Caroline Kerr the Leader of RBK asking a number of pertinent questions. Click here to read:- http://www.chessingtondra.org.uk/over-development-in-kingston/