• Sports Direct is proposing a new, enhanced store across two floors at a currently vacant retail unit facing Market Place.
  • The plans will unlock significant improvements to public realm in and around the site, including improvements to lighting on Kings Passage and new landscaping.
  • In addition, the plans will deliver 33 new homes through a sensitively designed above-ground extension, purposely set-back from the eaves to minimise the visual impact.
  • Sports Direct’s plans will add an additional storey of retail space above the ground floor, bringing the overall retail area to 3,425 m².
  • Sports Direct’s aspiration is to deliver a high-end store that incorporates a Sports Direct concept store to showcase the latest in sports fashion and equipment. The interior fit out is proposed to be in line with the expectation of a retailer selling high end fashion brands.
  • 33 new homes will be delivered across three new floors above the existing retail units. Three additional pods will extend above the fourth storey offering living spaces for residents with views across the town and Thames.
  • Across the three new levels to be added above the existing floors, 10 one-bedroom, 17 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom apartments will be created, many of which will have access to their own private terraces, while a large communal terrace will be created for the use of all residents.
  • Yes, Sports Direct’s proposals will include provision of affordable housing. Conversations are ongoing with the Council as to how the plans can deliver the type of homes needed in the area, including affordable properties, and further detail will be provided when the application is submitted.
  • The site is in a Town Centre location where adopted and emerging policy strongly encourages making best use of brownfield sites and optimising sites in town centre locations for a mix of uses including for retail and residential purposes.
  • The adopted Kingston Local Plan (2012) sets a target of delivering 5,625 new homes, with Kingston Town Centre earmarked for 1,000 homes.
  • The housing target for the Borough is set to increase dramatically in line with the emerging New London Plan (2019), which notes a ten year housing target of 9,640 new homes in the Borough.
  • The proposed new homes along with the upgraded and new retail floospace make a valuable contribution to meeting housing need in the Borough whilst adding vitality to the town centre, in a highly sustainable site location.
  • The proposals will respect the historic architecture of Market Place by delivering an extension that is purposely set-back from the eaves to reduce its visual impact.
  • The residential element of this scheme has been designed to respect the setting of the surrounding heritage buildings by proposing an appropriate scale and mass of development whilst using a carefully selected combination of external finishes to create a well-considered and subservient extension to the building to ensure the proposals are in keeping with the local area.
  • Residents will access the accommodation via two pedestrian entrances/exits: one on Kings Passage and one on Market Place. Due to the site’s Town Centre location, there is no vehicular access to this development. As such, there will be no parking provided for residents.
  • A dedicated cycle store will be provided adjacent to the residents’ entrance on Kings Passage.
  • We are preparing a planning application for the proposals and are seeking the views of local people.
  • The feedback received from our discussions with local people, politicians and stakeholders will be considered ahead of the submission of a planning application. It will be summarised in a document called the Statement of Community Involvement, which will be submitted to the Council with the planning application.
  • All comments received during the consultation period are important, so please take the opportunity to make your views known about our plans.
  • Please complete an online feedback form
  • All feedback received will be reviewed in great detail and we will look to incorporate appropriate comments within the scheme as the planning application progresses. All feedback will also be collated in a Statement of Community Involvement for submission to Kingston Council alongside the planning application.
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