The demolition and redevelopment of Eden Walk Shopping Centre, including Millennium House and Neville House to provide a mixed use development consisting of retail, offices and 385 residential units; public and residential car parking; refurbishment of the existing multi-storey car park including new access ramp, extension of basement; public realm works including pedestrian routes and public spaces, improvements to Memorial Gardens, and associated works. Listed Building Consent for the relocation of the War Memorial to a location in Memorial Gardens, and for works abutting the United Reformed Church.
Within the Kingston Old Town conservation area.
The Society strongly opposed this in March 2016.
- The scheme is excessively high for its surroundings taller than other buildings including the Premier Inn;
- Union Terrace would be 40% higher than specified in the Eden quarter Brief; Neville Yard Winter Garden is 50% higher than that specified in the Brief;
- Eden Crescent is 50% higher than the 9+ specified in the Brief and would have a detrimental impact on the Grade 2 Old Post Office and should be one of the many grounds for refusal;
- Union Terrace would have a similar effect on the United Reform Church;
- Most of the development would be seen from the Ancient Market Place Conservation Area and Grade 1 All Saints Church in contravention of the NPPF;
- The “high quality open space” is poor with only 2 hours of sun between September and March;
- No affordable housing and the profit share does not guarantee any affordable housing;
- The lack of any certain CIL payments means that new school places, highways and public transport improvements may be borne by the Council.