14 January 2018
CNMs campaign to be allowed to over-develop this neighbourhood continues with 'drop in' sessions full of misleading images and double-speak.
Residents attending CNMs recent drop in sessions about their proposed 'Canbury Business Park' - better known as 'Canbury Tower Block' were dismayed by the lack of real engagement.
CNM's material is full of typical developer PR tricks that we're not falling for -
Calling the development a 'park' - it is not a park - it is a tower block.
Frequent references of the site as being in the "Town Centre" - it's not - it is a residential neighbourhood, far from the town centre, which is the market square, in any case the town centre of Kingston is a historic market town, not a mass of tower blocks - or it shouldn't be.
Misleading images designed to minimize the impact of the tower -
Shameless attempts to apply guilt to those residents who don't want their neighbourhood blighted by over-development. For example the CNM 'feed-back' leaflet with the question -
"Do you support our plans to provide more opportunities to live and work in a central Kingston location?"
A better question would have been:
"Do you support our attempt to make a great deal of money by building a huge development in a low-rise,largely residential area?"
If CNM were really interested in having a discussion about what kind of development would be acceptable on this site they would not be hiding the true impact of a 14 story building.
This is how they depict it -
The 14 story tower (or G + 13 as they prefer to call it) barely pokes above the 6 story building in front of it.
But as we all know, to appreciate the impact of a tall building you have to view it from further away - there is NOT A SINGLE image produced by CNM depicting this.
This is the view from Richmond Park showing the view across Kingston - see how prominent the other ill-advised 14 story building is -
Also for the benefit of CNM this is what a town-centre looks like -
- this is what an established low-rise residential area looks like -
- and this is how we want the Canbury skyline to remain!
If the area must be redeveloped let's have a low-rise development, with more space for each family, more greenery, more affordable units, not a development intended largely for private buy-to-let, 'luxury' flats with insufficient storage, insufficient parking, insufficent open-space.
Council elections are in May - Canbury residents - pressure your prospective councillors to formally reject this proposal!
Kingston Green Party meets once a month. The next meeting is at the Kingston Environment Centre on 21st February 2018 at 7.30pm