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What are the challenges and opportunities in your neighbourhood, town centres and the places in the borough that are important to you?

The new London Plan promotes strong and resilient town centres with a diverse range of uses, emphasising the promotion of the night-time economy.

We need to support, promote and enhance town centres by:

  • strengthening the role of town centres as a focus for our communities’ sense of place and local identity in the borough;

  • supporting the role of town centres in building sustainable, healthy and walkable neighbourhoods with the Healthy Streets Approach embedded in their development and management.

  • taking a positive approach to their growth, management and adaptation.


Neighbourhood planning


Neighbourhood Plans provide an opportunity for communities to shape growth in their areas. Taking advantage of the knowledge and experience of local people will help create a thriving borough and maintain the desirability of a place.


Our borough has four neighbourhood areas with their own committees which are responsible for local issues, such as traffic, parking, planning applications, parks and open spaces. These areas are:

  • Kingston Town

  • Maldens and Coombe

  • South of the Borough

  • Surbiton

Each of the neighbourhoods has a neighbourhood manager who engages and supports local community groups and organisations to play an active role in their area. They work alongside councillors to help local people shape and maintain their neighbourhoods. All councillors from the local area are members of their neighbourhood committee.

Map showing town centres and neighbourhood areas

Town centres

In the borough we have four main town centres, which are classified in the London Plan as follows:


Town centre type

Locations

Metropolitan Centre

Kingston Town Centre

District Centre

New Malden, Surbiton and Tolworth


In addition to the four main town centres, we also have local centres and smaller parades of shops that provide services to local communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the borough’s town centres in many ways. Town centres were already facing increased competition from online services, but the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified this change and accelerated pre-existing trends. Data shows footfall in high streets and consumer spending has decreased in the borough’s main town centres but increased within local centres ever since the first national lockdown in March 2020. The council will be working closely with the Greater London Authority to obtain up-to-date information on how the town centres have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


How could the New Local Plan Help?

The new Local Plan could provide policies that help address specific issues, needs and opportunities in our neighbourhoods.


COVID-19 has increased the use of local centres and services, and the benefits they bring to communities, presenting an opportunity for communities to come together. We would like you to share your views on how we can bring this about.


The new Local Plan will define the boundaries for the wide range of town centres in the borough, ranging from Kingston town centre through to smaller parades of shops. Policies could specify what types of uses and development will be supported both inside and

outside of these town centres.



To learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing your Neighbourhood and Community please read our Summary Document:
Your neighbourhood and local community.

To give your thoughts and feedback on Your neighbourhood and local community, 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


What are the challenges and opportunities in your neighbourhood, town centres and the places in the borough that are important to you?

The new London Plan promotes strong and resilient town centres with a diverse range of uses, emphasising the promotion of the night-time economy.

We need to support, promote and enhance town centres by:

  • strengthening the role of town centres as a focus for our communities’ sense of place and local identity in the borough;

  • supporting the role of town centres in building sustainable, healthy and walkable neighbourhoods with the Healthy Streets Approach embedded in their development and management.

  • taking a positive approach to their growth, management and adaptation.


Neighbourhood planning


Neighbourhood Plans provide an opportunity for communities to shape growth in their areas. Taking advantage of the knowledge and experience of local people will help create a thriving borough and maintain the desirability of a place.


Our borough has four neighbourhood areas with their own committees which are responsible for local issues, such as traffic, parking, planning applications, parks and open spaces. These areas are:

  • Kingston Town

  • Maldens and Coombe

  • South of the Borough

  • Surbiton

Each of the neighbourhoods has a neighbourhood manager who engages and supports local community groups and organisations to play an active role in their area. They work alongside councillors to help local people shape and maintain their neighbourhoods. All councillors from the local area are members of their neighbourhood committee.

Map showing town centres and neighbourhood areas

Town centres

In the borough we have four main town centres, which are classified in the London Plan as follows:


Town centre type

Locations

Metropolitan Centre

Kingston Town Centre

District Centre

New Malden, Surbiton and Tolworth


In addition to the four main town centres, we also have local centres and smaller parades of shops that provide services to local communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the borough’s town centres in many ways. Town centres were already facing increased competition from online services, but the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified this change and accelerated pre-existing trends. Data shows footfall in high streets and consumer spending has decreased in the borough’s main town centres but increased within local centres ever since the first national lockdown in March 2020. The council will be working closely with the Greater London Authority to obtain up-to-date information on how the town centres have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


How could the New Local Plan Help?

The new Local Plan could provide policies that help address specific issues, needs and opportunities in our neighbourhoods.


COVID-19 has increased the use of local centres and services, and the benefits they bring to communities, presenting an opportunity for communities to come together. We would like you to share your views on how we can bring this about.


The new Local Plan will define the boundaries for the wide range of town centres in the borough, ranging from Kingston town centre through to smaller parades of shops. Policies could specify what types of uses and development will be supported both inside and

outside of these town centres.



To learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing your Neighbourhood and Community please read our Summary Document:
Your neighbourhood and local community.

To give your thoughts and feedback on Your neighbourhood and local community, 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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