In August, Kingston Council’s Development Control Committee refused an application from Meyer Homes to build 705 homes on the site of the Toby Jug. It was felt that 705 units was too dense and that the impact on local traffic would be too great. Having previously spoken out against the proposed development on the site, along with local Conservative Councillors, James agreed with that decision.
Meyer Homes appealed the refusal and the Council’s independent barrister has advised it that the developer’s appeal is likely to succeed because their planning application was legally permissible (even if Councillors and local residents didn’t agree with it).
Although Members of Parliament have no role in the local planning process, James is always happy to reflect local residents’ views on large planning applications that have the capacity to change the shape of the Borough.
James wrote to the Planning Inspectorate asking for Meyer Bergman’s appeal – the first stage of which was considered yesterday – to be rejected, for reasons of overdevelopment, traffic issues and consequent air pollution. We will know the outcome of the appeal in due course.
Separately – and more worryingly – Meyer Homes have submitted a new application for 950 homes on the same site (instead of the 705 homes), suggesting they are being encouraged to do so by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. James has written to the Council and to the Mayor of London to lodge objections on behalf of local residents.
Commenting, James Berry MP said:
“There is no doubt that London has a housing crisis and we need to build homes on brownfield sites like the Toby Jug, but developments need to be sensitive to the character of the local area, as well as the impact on traffic, air pollution and local services. Meyer Bergman’s proposals for the Toby Jug site fail on all these fronts.
“It is outrageous that Meyer Bergman have come back with an application for 950 homes after an application for 705 homes was turned down by Kingston Council. I am concerned at the implicit suggestion that the Mayor of London might override our elected Councillors should they refuse the application for 950 homes, as I have urged them to.
“I will continue to oppose Meyer Bergman’s proposals until a more moderate and sensible application is presented that can secure the support of the local community in Tolworth.”