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How can we secure the schools, medical centres and other community facilities to meet the future needs of our local communities?


Community services and facilities, often referred to as social infrastructure, have an important role in developing and supporting strong and inclusive communities. It makes an important contribution to residents’ quality of life and positively impacts a wide range of health, social, and economic outcomes.


graphic showing increase of population in Kingston from 174,900 in 2019 to 194,900 in 2029


Supporting access to high-quality community facilities is also important for improving the local population’s health and well-being, improving social mobility and reducing inequalities in the borough.


Sufficient social infrastructure must be in place to support sustainable developments. Community services and facilities should not be unnecessarily lost, especially where there is a demand from a growing and changing population.


Social infrastructure can include a wide range of services and facilities, including:

  • Education

  • Health and social care

  • Sports and recreation, and other community uses

  • Green Infrastructure in all its forms, including parks, community gardens, allotments, playing pitches and sports fields, and nature reserves.


How could the new Local Plan help?

As part of the Local Plan process, the council will work with infrastructure partners and service providers to identify the current and future social infrastructure requirements in the borough and support their delivery by:

  • working with infrastructure partners and providers to prepare an Infrastructure Delivery Plan to coordinate the future delivery and funding of social infrastructure in the borough.
  • safeguarding the land and sites required for infrastructure provisions.
  • requiring major housing developments to identify any resulting infrastructure needs, and to contribute towards the funding and delivery of social infrastructure in their area, including improvements to surrounding community facilities and walking and cycling connections to nearby facilities.
  • working with landowners and infrastructure providers to support the co-location of different social infrastructure facilities and the sharing of facilities.

The council will work collaboratively with infrastructure partners and service providers to understand current and future social infrastructure needs and plan appropriately for them through the development of the local Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The IDP evidence will inform other related infrastructure planning work by the council and help us decide where to prioritise Community Infrastructure Levy.

For areas of significant change and major developments, planning policy will clarify that social infrastructure must be planned for at the early stages of the development to ensure new homes would not create any deficiencies in the local area.

Planning policy will resist developments that involve the loss of social infrastructure or buildings. Unless there are suitable re-provisions or replacement facilities of an equivalent or improved quality that serve the wider community’s needs or the proposal is part of a wider public service transformation plan to provide modern and fit for purpose facilities.To learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Kingston’s Community Services and Facilities please read our Summary Document: Community Services and Facilities.

To give your thoughts and feedback on Community Services and Facilities, please
answer the questions below.


If you have any difficulties with accessing any of the materials or simply need help with responding to questions and leaving comments you can:

  • email the Strategic Planning Team at localplan@kingston.gov.uk

  • call us on on our FREEPHONE number: 0800 008 6309



How can we secure the schools, medical centres and other community facilities to meet the future needs of our local communities?


Community services and facilities, often referred to as social infrastructure, have an important role in developing and supporting strong and inclusive communities. It makes an important contribution to residents’ quality of life and positively impacts a wide range of health, social, and economic outcomes.


graphic showing increase of population in Kingston from 174,900 in 2019 to 194,900 in 2029


Supporting access to high-quality community facilities is also important for improving the local population’s health and well-being, improving social mobility and reducing inequalities in the borough.


Sufficient social infrastructure must be in place to support sustainable developments. Community services and facilities should not be unnecessarily lost, especially where there is a demand from a growing and changing population.


Social infrastructure can include a wide range of services and facilities, including:

  • Education

  • Health and social care

  • Sports and recreation, and other community uses

  • Green Infrastructure in all its forms, including parks, community gardens, allotments, playing pitches and sports fields, and nature reserves.


How could the new Local Plan help?

As part of the Local Plan process, the council will work with infrastructure partners and service providers to identify the current and future social infrastructure requirements in the borough and support their delivery by:

  • working with infrastructure partners and providers to prepare an Infrastructure Delivery Plan to coordinate the future delivery and funding of social infrastructure in the borough.
  • safeguarding the land and sites required for infrastructure provisions.
  • requiring major housing developments to identify any resulting infrastructure needs, and to contribute towards the funding and delivery of social infrastructure in their area, including improvements to surrounding community facilities and walking and cycling connections to nearby facilities.
  • working with landowners and infrastructure providers to support the co-location of different social infrastructure facilities and the sharing of facilities.

The council will work collaboratively with infrastructure partners and service providers to understand current and future social infrastructure needs and plan appropriately for them through the development of the local Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP). The IDP evidence will inform other related infrastructure planning work by the council and help us decide where to prioritise Community Infrastructure Levy.

For areas of significant change and major developments, planning policy will clarify that social infrastructure must be planned for at the early stages of the development to ensure new homes would not create any deficiencies in the local area.

Planning policy will resist developments that involve the loss of social infrastructure or buildings. Unless there are suitable re-provisions or replacement facilities of an equivalent or improved quality that serve the wider community’s needs or the proposal is part of a wider public service transformation plan to provide modern and fit for purpose facilities.To learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Kingston’s Community Services and Facilities please read our Summary Document: Community Services and Facilities.

To give your thoughts and feedback on Community Services and Facilities, please
answer the questions below.


If you have any difficulties with accessing any of the materials or simply need help with responding to questions and leaving comments you can:

  • email the Strategic Planning Team at localplan@kingston.gov.uk

  • call us on on our FREEPHONE number: 0800 008 6309



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