Turning Tolworth Tower into flats 'would regenerate the area'

Turning Tolworth Tower into flats 'would regenerate the area'

Turning Tolworth Tower into flats 'would regenerate the area'

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis said Tolworth Tower flats would regenerate the area

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor

Converting the iconic Tolworth Tower into flats could help regenerate the town all by itself, according the the leader of Kingston Council.

The 22-storey building went back on the market this week, two years after a syndicate led by Simon Cowell’s brother Nicholas dropped plans to buy it in 2012.

Estate agents Knight Frank, which is marketing the 300,000sq ft property, is confident the tower will sell this time, for an asking price of about £45m.

Knight Frank’s Charlie Dugdale said: “It is a fantastic opportunity in an incredibly prominent site.

“We are expecting some very strong front-runners.”

Mr Dugdale said there was potential for residential and office space, with extra shops and leisure facilities along Tolworth Broadway.

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis said he believed a residential scheme could help Tolworth regenerate by itself.

He said: “If done correctly alongside the Tesco site, you will have more families and more professionals living here.

“It would mean the need for nice bars and cafes would naturally increase.”

But Coun Davis said he had heard that several developers had enquired about the tower hoping to take advantage of the Government’s permitted development scheme, which allows offices to be converted into flats without planning permission.

But the policy expires in May 2016, and any development must be occupied by that deadline.

Coun Davis said: “There is a risk that you won’t get it finished by then.

“As more months go by that looks riskier and riskier.”

But Mr Dugdale said buyers were aware of the deadline.

He said: “I think the permitted development potential is perhaps gone.

“Whoever buys it will probably be seeking planning permission.”

Tolworth Tower was bought in 2006 by Stevenor Investments, a subsidiary of Targetfellow, which had planned a major mixed-use development before falling into administration in 2010.

Aviva, which now controls the building, took the building off the market following the collapsed Nicholas Cowell deal.

Deadline for new bids is the end of July, with the new owners expected to be announced late summer.

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9:09am Fri 4 Jul 14

helen59 says...

you are joking ?
where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses.
Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ?

This should be rejected immediately
you are joking ? where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses. Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ? This should be rejected immediately helen59
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9:50am Fri 4 Jul 14

DB says...

How exactly will it regenerate the area? Kingston council have not really got a good track record with this type of thing, have they?

Do they think that the 60's residential towers in the Cambridge Estate have donw anything to regenerate that part of the borough in the long term? My view is that they might have done initially, but for the last 40 years they have been a blight on an area that would have regenerated itself quite nicely if the old housing had remained.

This is a lazy plan to capitalise on the current housing boom. Tolworth needs more facilities, not another 500 families trying to use the ones it has already got.
How exactly will it regenerate the area? Kingston council have not really got a good track record with this type of thing, have they? Do they think that the 60's residential towers in the Cambridge Estate have donw anything to regenerate that part of the borough in the long term? My view is that they might have done initially, but for the last 40 years they have been a blight on an area that would have regenerated itself quite nicely if the old housing had remained. This is a lazy plan to capitalise on the current housing boom. Tolworth needs more facilities, not another 500 families trying to use the ones it has already got. DB
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11:37am Fri 4 Jul 14

alphabeti says...

helen59 wrote:
you are joking ?
where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses.
Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ?

This should be rejected immediately
They would play on the Greenway of course. An area of calm where pedestrians and motorists can peacefully intermingle. Thanks to the Lib Dems and the man with the funny hat!
[quote][p][bold]helen59[/bold] wrote: you are joking ? where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses. Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ? This should be rejected immediately[/p][/quote]They would play on the Greenway of course. An area of calm where pedestrians and motorists can peacefully intermingle. Thanks to the Lib Dems and the man with the funny hat! alphabeti
  • Score: -1

11:36am Sat 5 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

As an ex resident of the Kingston area I should like to remind people that the School Lane Council Estate in Red Lion Road built in the 60s was supposed to be a short term housing whilst the Alpha Road Estate was being built, however now property is owned and sold in school lane.!! Not a good move at all to change the use of tolworth tower, simple answer offer lower rents to office space and get them filled.! Its a prime location both for road and trains from Surbiton.
As an ex resident of the Kingston area I should like to remind people that the School Lane Council Estate in Red Lion Road built in the 60s was supposed to be a short term housing whilst the Alpha Road Estate was being built, however now property is owned and sold in school lane.!! Not a good move at all to change the use of tolworth tower, simple answer offer lower rents to office space and get them filled.! Its a prime location both for road and trains from Surbiton. bosco1
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Tony from Surbiton says...

alphabeti wrote:
helen59 wrote:
you are joking ?
where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses.
Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ?

This should be rejected immediately
They would play on the Greenway of course. An area of calm where pedestrians and motorists can peacefully intermingle. Thanks to the Lib Dems and the man with the funny hat!
Great post, but who is the man with the funny hat?
[quote][p][bold]alphabeti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helen59[/bold] wrote: you are joking ? where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses. Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ? This should be rejected immediately[/p][/quote]They would play on the Greenway of course. An area of calm where pedestrians and motorists can peacefully intermingle. Thanks to the Lib Dems and the man with the funny hat![/p][/quote]Great post, but who is the man with the funny hat? Tony from Surbiton
  • Score: -3

1:38pm Mon 7 Jul 14

peterf17 says...

alphabeti wrote:
helen59 wrote:
you are joking ?
where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses.
Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ?

This should be rejected immediately
They would play on the Greenway of course. An area of calm where pedestrians and motorists can peacefully intermingle. Thanks to the Lib Dems and the man with the funny hat!
Great point and let's not forget the proposals to use the Tesco development for additional housing. Where will everyone park? Where are the schools, doctors and dentists that will be needed for these extra residents? Building new homes without expanding locals services and other infrastructure is a recipe for disaster.
[quote][p][bold]alphabeti[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]helen59[/bold] wrote: you are joking ? where would the residents park without harming surrounding businesses. Where would the children play bearing in mind this is right on the A3 and a very busy roundabout ? This should be rejected immediately[/p][/quote]They would play on the Greenway of course. An area of calm where pedestrians and motorists can peacefully intermingle. Thanks to the Lib Dems and the man with the funny hat![/p][/quote]Great point and let's not forget the proposals to use the Tesco development for additional housing. Where will everyone park? Where are the schools, doctors and dentists that will be needed for these extra residents? Building new homes without expanding locals services and other infrastructure is a recipe for disaster. peterf17
  • Score: -3

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