Kingston Council Planning Committee has approved the proposal for the redevelopment of the former Surrey County Council Hall in Penrhyn Road, Kingston, by the developer RER.

The listed building consent is still required for the development to proceed.

The approved proposal was for the refurbishment, restoration and extension of the County Hall (Grade II listed) to provide flexible commercial and residential use. The former canteen building and the computer wing will be demolished.

New blocks of five and seven storeys will replace the demolished buildings. Alterations creating a new means of access, associated public realm, landscaping, and car and cycle parking are included in the proposal.

The scheme proposes a net increase of 290 dwellings and 4,402 sqm Class E-commercial floorspace. Of the proposed 292 residential units, 36 units are offered as affordable housing.

The development has a reduced parking provision which will result in a reduction in traffic. Cycle parking, including electric cycle charging, will be provided for various cycle sizes, and parking spaces will be provided with electric charging infrastructure.

The development would secure carbon savings of 69 per cent across the site and be served by Air Source Heat pumps and Solar Panels.

The site is a significant landmark in Kingston and has been vacant since Surrey County Council moved to Reigate in 2021.

We covered the changes to the original proposal here.


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