The Enquiry by Design (EbD) process is a planning tool that brings together key stakeholders to collaborate on a vision for a new or revived community. This is developed through a workshop facilitated by The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment. The EbD process brings key stakeholders together, to assess a complex range of design requirements for the development site, with every issue tested
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Enquiry by Design is an important tool in developing sustainable communities; delivering masterplans based on enduring design principles, and developing the place-making skills of all participants in the workshop process.
We have an outline of what the site could potentially deliver. However, we are keen to have input from local residents and stakeholders as to what they would like to see the site deliver at the earliest possible stage. By gathering opinions at this early stage, we are more likely to be able to incorporate a wider range of suggestions
We are currently at the very initial stages of the Enquiry by Design process. Over the course of October, a number of consultation sessions will be held to give the local community an opportunity to shape the vision for ‘Hook Park’.
To see more information on our indicative timetable, please visit the Get Involved page.
The Local Plan is a plan for the future development of the local area, drawn up by Kingston Council. It guides decisions on whether or not planning applications can be granted in particular areas of the borough. Responding to increased housing targets, Kingston Council are drafting a new local plan.
Within the Local Plan, Kingston Council have to allocate sites across the borough as suitable for developments of varying scales. By allocating Hook Park, for example, the Council may not have to mark other areas as suitable for development.
There has been a low delivery of new homes in last five years, with an average of 330 homes per year. The Housing Delivery Test 2019 showed that Kingston had delivered just 78% of their target, with 495 homes out of their target of 643 a year in 2018-19. This has allowed RBK to narrowly miss out on a presumption in favour of development, but they are having to demonstrate a 20% buffer onto their 5 year housing land supply creating a huge demand on the area for new homes.
To add to this, the Mayor of London’s new London Plan, in the latest version following the Examination in Public, increases RBK’s housing requirement from 643 to 964 new homes per year. Further to this increase, the government in August 2020 set out to revise the standard method for assessing local plans to increase the overall number of homes. Under this method, RBK’s target would increase yet again to 1,526 new homes a year.
As part of any transport plan, we will have to minimise traffic and focus on public transport and cycle/pedestrian ways. However, we believe that we will be able to develop a plan to improve local roads for local access only. This would haelp to prevent well documented issues of rat running in the local area.
In line with emerging London-wide planning policy, we would be looking to minimise car use on the site and promote more sustainable transport options.
We would likely look to place parking structures on the edge of the development, which could then be converted to other uses as private car use lessens in favour of car clubs and driverless vehicles.
No. We have discussed the significant opportunities that the site offers, but we want to work with the local community to see how they would like to shape the vision and plans.