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Residents urged to respond on Cambridge Road Estate regeneration consultation that could see nearly 2000 homes built on site

James Giles

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Local people are urged to have their say on the three shortlisted options for the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate.

A major consultation has started following the launch of Kingston Council’s proposals at the CREst Fun Day on the Estate on Saturday 3 September. The proposals offer options ranging from partial to complete replacement of all homes on the estate. Regardless of the option chosen, the site will see an increase in the number of homes, from a current c.800 to between c.1800 and c.2000 homes.

Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said: 
“Kingston’s population is growing. We need to plan for that growth, make sure it’s right for our borough and also do what we can to provide homes for future generations. Part of that plan is to embark on an ambitious programme to regenerate some of the largest housing estates within Kingston, with Cambridge Road Estate being the first.

“This consultation is a hugely important step for the regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate as it will shape and define what we do next to design an estate fit for the future. All three options are financially viable and would bring much-needed additional housing into the area.

“The consultation launched over the weekend in the heart of the Estate and will continue until 23 October. During this time there are 15 drop-in sessions, including specific events for those with English as a second language and vulnerable residents. To capture as many views as possible, we’re also running an online survey, with hard copies available on the estate and at the events.

“After the consultation period closes, we’ll analyse your feedback, shape the plans and come to a preferred option. This preferred option will then go to our Growth Committee in March 2017 for a decision. My hope is that those affected by the regeneration come to a drop-in, fill out a survey and tell us what you think. Kingston’s future is being planned now. Help shape it, be part of it and be proud of it.”

To find out more and have your say, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/CRERegen or the Housing Office, 5 – 8 Tadlow on the Cambridge Road Estate to pick up a copy of the survey. Consultation closes on 23 October 2016.

James Giles is the Editor of the Kingston Enquirer, covering local news and events in Kingston, New Malden, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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Two men charged with Norbiton murder

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Detectives investigating the murder of 22-year-old Malik Chutton in Kingston on 5 August have charged two men.

Finley Ahwan, 19, of Worcester Park, and Kyle Hill, 19, were arrested in August and subsequently bailed. They were charged with murder on Thursday, 1 November.

Both will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, 2 November.

A 20-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early November.

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