PETITION: Hold Kingston Council to account over Tudor Williams and haphazard planning department
AN URGENT petition has been launched by Independent Residents after Kingston Council failed to make a decision on a 9-storey tower block at the former Tudor Williams site on New Malden High Street.
The non-determination of the tower block means the developer has now appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol who will get to make the final decision on the application, instead of local elected ward councillors.
This has led local residents, supported by the Kingston Independent Residents Group, to crowdfund over £7,000 for a Planning Consultant to robustly challenge the application at a Public Inquiry to be held by the Planning Inspectorate in due course, with the aim of getting the application turned down.
But this has led to questions over just exactly how the application fell out of sight of the planning department, which was last year rated the worst in the country by government statistics.
Residents are calling on Barry John Lomax, Head of Development Management, to attend a meeting of the Place Committee at Kingston Council to explain his departments haphazard handling of the application, which has led to the costly appeal.
We need 657 signatures by 7pm on 12th October. If you agree that Barry Lomax needs to explain why this went so wrong, please sign the petition below.