Proposed dementia nursing home in Kingston

The Royal Borough of Kingston is proposing to build an 80 bed dementia nursing home in Brown's Road, Surbiton KT5 8SP, on the site of the old Newent House Care Home.

The borough has an increasing number of older residents who need bed-based care towards the end of their lives. Demand is particularly high for services for older people with dementia - there are estimated to be around 1,500 residents in Kingston living with dementia and it is predicted that this number will rise to over 2,100 people by 2027.

The home will provide high-quality dementia nursing care for older residents of the borough and make a vital contribution to meeting the rising demand for health and care services in Kingston.


When will things happen?

Fencing will be erected around the entire site early in the new year, the old home demolished, the site cleared and a new three storey building will be erected in its place. The timetable for this work is:

January 2020Fencing erected around the site and preliminary works
January - March 2020Demolition and site clearance
March 2020 - July 2021Construction
Summer 2021Equipping the home and training staff
Autumn 2021First residents enter the home


How will this affect me?

The council's construction contractor, Integrated Health Projects (IHP) will work to minimise the impact of works on local residents, but inevitably, in a project of this scale there will be increased traffic and noise in and around the area during demolition and construction for which we apologise in advance. The planned working hours on the site are 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Parking on the Newent Site

The site will be cleared of all vehicles prior to fencing being erected. Any vehicles currently parked on site will need to be removed before work commences. Notices will be posted on-site nearer the commencement of work.

Limited suspension of some on-street bays to allow larger traffic to enter the site

In order to avoid damage to parked vehicles and to allow safe access by some larger vehicles e.g. the arrival of demolition and piling equipment, some of the on-road parking bays on the south side of Brown's Road between Ewell Road and the site, and on the boundary of the site and Warwick Grove will need to be suspended on specific days between 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Any suspension of parking is subject to an application to, and agreement by the council's Highways department. Once we have further information, it will be posted locally and on this page.


How can I find out more?

We will regularly update this page and once work begins in January there will be a Site Manager on the premises during working hours. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email: dementiahome@kingstonconversation.co.uk


Working with the local community

Our vision is to make this home a great place to work and live. A home rooted in the local community, with services inside and outside the home that help people with dementia to live safely and with dignity. We will explore community engagement in:

- the use of art and music in the home, gardening, reading and visiting, history and inter-generational projects

- making it easy for people and organisations to work with us

- offering services beyond our walls

If you're interested in working with us in the future; as a member of staff, as a volunteer, on a community project, or as a local supplier of services please get in touch: dementiahome@kingstonconversation.co.uk


The Royal Borough of Kingston is proposing to build an 80 bed dementia nursing home in Brown's Road, Surbiton KT5 8SP, on the site of the old Newent House Care Home.

The borough has an increasing number of older residents who need bed-based care towards the end of their lives. Demand is particularly high for services for older people with dementia - there are estimated to be around 1,500 residents in Kingston living with dementia and it is predicted that this number will rise to over 2,100 people by 2027.

The home will provide high-quality dementia nursing care for older residents of the borough and make a vital contribution to meeting the rising demand for health and care services in Kingston.


When will things happen?

Fencing will be erected around the entire site early in the new year, the old home demolished, the site cleared and a new three storey building will be erected in its place. The timetable for this work is:

January 2020Fencing erected around the site and preliminary works
January - March 2020Demolition and site clearance
March 2020 - July 2021Construction
Summer 2021Equipping the home and training staff
Autumn 2021First residents enter the home


How will this affect me?

The council's construction contractor, Integrated Health Projects (IHP) will work to minimise the impact of works on local residents, but inevitably, in a project of this scale there will be increased traffic and noise in and around the area during demolition and construction for which we apologise in advance. The planned working hours on the site are 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Parking on the Newent Site

The site will be cleared of all vehicles prior to fencing being erected. Any vehicles currently parked on site will need to be removed before work commences. Notices will be posted on-site nearer the commencement of work.

Limited suspension of some on-street bays to allow larger traffic to enter the site

In order to avoid damage to parked vehicles and to allow safe access by some larger vehicles e.g. the arrival of demolition and piling equipment, some of the on-road parking bays on the south side of Brown's Road between Ewell Road and the site, and on the boundary of the site and Warwick Grove will need to be suspended on specific days between 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday.

Any suspension of parking is subject to an application to, and agreement by the council's Highways department. Once we have further information, it will be posted locally and on this page.


How can I find out more?

We will regularly update this page and once work begins in January there will be a Site Manager on the premises during working hours. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email: dementiahome@kingstonconversation.co.uk


Working with the local community

Our vision is to make this home a great place to work and live. A home rooted in the local community, with services inside and outside the home that help people with dementia to live safely and with dignity. We will explore community engagement in:

- the use of art and music in the home, gardening, reading and visiting, history and inter-generational projects

- making it easy for people and organisations to work with us

- offering services beyond our walls

If you're interested in working with us in the future; as a member of staff, as a volunteer, on a community project, or as a local supplier of services please get in touch: dementiahome@kingstonconversation.co.uk


If you have any questions or comments about the project, please ask them below and we will get back to you. 

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  • Will there be a designated smoking area within the grounds of the nursing home? As a local resident I don't want staff, visitors or residents smoking, stood around on the street outside my house.

    LocalResident asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Operational policies and procedures in the home, including smoking policies, will be based on best practice for health care facilities - including the guidance and tips provided for tobacco-free environments provided by HM Government:

  • I have asked before exactly which trees are being saved but not getting anything definite. Surely if proper ecology experts are employed they should be able to say which trees - species and position - are being saved. All I’ve had is obfuscating mansplaining. Also when Is work likely to start. There is a group of people occupying the building legitimately and it would be good if they or the company allowing them to stay cleared the litter round the building.

    Verticat asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    A Tree Protection Plan was submitted with the Planning Application for this development, which shows the position of trees which will be retained and those which will need to be removed.  It does not detail species.  The Tree Protection Plan is available to view - you can use the link shown on this site under 'Planning Permission granted' which will take you directly to the Planning application and associated documents.  

    A decision on the development is expected shortly - if the decision is to go ahead, then the current occupants of the building will be given notice to vacate.  The target for starting work on site is now likely to be early September.

  • Can you tell me when work is due to commence and has planning been fully approved?

    connor55 asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    On 5 June, at the Council's Development and Control Committee, we were pleased to receive planning permission, with requirements.  These are conditions that have to be met (or discharged) before work starts on site, and/or the home opens its doors to residents - to build the home.

    Demolition and construction is estimated to take 72 weeks.  Target dates are: start on site 1 August 2019 with handover of keys to the building on 18 December 2020.

  • We would like to know where parking will be made available for the resident permit parking once the development is completed on the surrounding roads? This information has been requested on several occasions. When we met with the developers we were not advised the exit was on Alpha Road. Also what will be the size of the vehicles entering the access road? I believe there are further discussions / dialogue/ communication required with affected residents / roads? Finally I am unable to open the document.

    c ebdy asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for clarification of your question.

    I'm sorry that you were unable to access the plan via the link to the planning portal.  You should be able to view the plan here: Kingston Dementia Nursing Home Ground Floor Plan

    Alternatively you can use the link shown on this site under 'Planning Application live' which will take you directly to the Planning application and associated documents.

    The plan with access to the nursing home site at the rear with exit/entry via Warwick Grove and Alpha Road, remains as per the presentation of plans and models at the residents open days in February 2019.

    The largest vehicle entering the parking area once the home is open is likely to be a refuse collection vehicle.

    With reference to parking: we have indicated in the planning application the temporary restriction on parking during the construction phase.

    If planning permission is granted, and once the home is open the closure of existing entrances to the site releases space - equivalent to 5-7 car spaces - currently yellow lined which could potentially be released for street parking.

    At this time we cannot say exactly what the roadside allocation will be when works are complete.

    We realise that parking continues to be a contentious issue for some residents and the Council Development Committee will take a view on the arrangements for parking specifically in relation to the the provision and impact of the development of a nursing home.

  • We would like to know where the parking permit spaces will Be? Clarification of access hours via the access Road? Is there clarification of the size of Vehicles? How and where the vehicles enter and exit? Obviously vehicles will not be able to park where they do now due to the vehicles. We want absolute clarification.

    C Ebdy asked 8 months ago

    Thank you for your question.


    Access to the site is controlled by reception operated barriers at the entrance and exit to the nursing home car park. The proposed entrance to the site is via Warwick Grove, the exit is via Alpha Road.

    Peak operating hours for the home are 0800 - 2000. However, as with any nursing and residential care home access is required 24 hours a day.

    Staff working in the home will not be eligible for street parking permits.


  • Can the councils, developers and residents work together to find a solution to parking for residents and the workers at the future dementia home? We would like complete transparency about what Parking will be available on the local roads once this development and South Place is completed. Has there been or will there be a road network study due to the increased density of population and the implications?

    ChristineE asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Of the 27 residents who visited the project room on 15, 16 and 20 February, 23 mentioned parking as their primary concern.

    We have summarised the views expressed to us at the drop-ins, including your suggestion above, in a Statement of Community Involvement which has been submitted along with the formal planning submission.

    We hope we have fairly presented residents comments, there will be a further opportunity to comment and put your views to Officers and Councillors during the planning consultation.

    Our submission includes the observation that, on completion, potential usable road space for circa 7 cars would be released by the scheme.  This is because vehicle entrances to the site will be reduced from the current four to two.

    A diagram of the parking restrictions that will be required during demolition and construction has been submitted with the plans for the scheme.

    In consultation with the potential construction contractor; the number of parking suspensions during the six weeks demolition is slightly less than anticipated.

    The suspensions during construction are slightly more than anticipated (some suspension will be required on the west side of Warwick Grove to accommodate vehicles turning into and exiting the site).  We apologise for this.

    It is likely that there will be quieter phases during the construction - during which, in liaison with the site manager, we will do all we can to maximise use of parking for residents and to assist the garage on Brown’s Road to conduct business.