Design, heritage and culture

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How can we support high quality, sustainable, carbon-neutral design that respects and celebrates our heritage and cultural spaces?

Good design is key to creating the types of places that people enjoy spending time in. The Mayor of London’s new London Plan 2021 focuses on the design of new developments, rather than the number of homes a site could have. When spaces are designed well, they can have social, economic and environmental benefits.

Guided by this, our new Local Plan will also need to have a design-focused approach to help developers put forward proposals that are appropriate for the surrounding area and the site’s capacity for growth. This will mean taking into account Heritage and Culture, Tall Buildings and Design Codes (written rules for the physical development of a site or area).


How could the new Local Plan help?

Good design is a key priority of the new Local Plan. The council will consider only high-quality design aligned with the latest standards, promoting sustainable and carbon-neutral development that respects and celebrates the historic environment and distinctive local character. The approach will be consultative and proactive through collaboration with communities, organisations and businesses. To support this, we are working to assess the borough’s character and define its local contexts.

We are currently working with Historic England to develop a framework for the archaeological areas in the borough. This will help mitigate the impact of new development on archaeological areas proportionately to their importance.

The new Local Plan could support the development of the visitor and night-time economy and the diversification of district high streets, by supporting cultural activation of these areas. Promoting creative spaces in the borough could help to ensure that good growth is achieved by putting culture right at the heart of local regeneration and local communities, from community centres, pubs, libraries and public art to music and night-time venues all of which play a role in bringing communities together and celebrating the places where we live.

To learn more about the challenges and opportunities Kingston is facing, please read our

Summary Document: Design, Heritage and Culture. In this document, we outline how we can support high quality, sustainable, carbon-neutral design that respects and celebrates our heritage and cultural spaces.


To give your thoughts and feedback on Design, Heritage and Culture in Kingston, 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 support high quality, sustainable, carbon-neutral design that respects and celebrates our heritage and cultural spaces?

Good design is key to creating the types of places that people enjoy spending time in. The Mayor of London’s new London Plan 2021 focuses on the design of new developments, rather than the number of homes a site could have. When spaces are designed well, they can have social, economic and environmental benefits.

Guided by this, our new Local Plan will also need to have a design-focused approach to help developers put forward proposals that are appropriate for the surrounding area and the site’s capacity for growth. This will mean taking into account Heritage and Culture, Tall Buildings and Design Codes (written rules for the physical development of a site or area).


How could the new Local Plan help?

Good design is a key priority of the new Local Plan. The council will consider only high-quality design aligned with the latest standards, promoting sustainable and carbon-neutral development that respects and celebrates the historic environment and distinctive local character. The approach will be consultative and proactive through collaboration with communities, organisations and businesses. To support this, we are working to assess the borough’s character and define its local contexts.

We are currently working with Historic England to develop a framework for the archaeological areas in the borough. This will help mitigate the impact of new development on archaeological areas proportionately to their importance.

The new Local Plan could support the development of the visitor and night-time economy and the diversification of district high streets, by supporting cultural activation of these areas. Promoting creative spaces in the borough could help to ensure that good growth is achieved by putting culture right at the heart of local regeneration and local communities, from community centres, pubs, libraries and public art to music and night-time venues all of which play a role in bringing communities together and celebrating the places where we live.

To learn more about the challenges and opportunities Kingston is facing, please read our

Summary Document: Design, Heritage and Culture. In this document, we outline how we can support high quality, sustainable, carbon-neutral design that respects and celebrates our heritage and cultural spaces.


To give your thoughts and feedback on Design, Heritage and Culture in Kingston, 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


  • To provide feedback on how we can better support high quality, sustainable, carbon-neutral design that respects and celebrates our heritage and cultural spaces, please answer the questions below:

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