Consultation launched on major Sutton town centre redevelopment

An aerial view of the site, in Sutton

An aerial view of the site, in Sutton

First published in News Kingston Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Assistant Editor

A consultation has been launched on the biggest development in Sutton town centre for a generation.

A major new shopping complex, hotel and housing development is being proposed on a six acre site of degenerated land to the north end of Sutton High Street.

It is currently home to 1960s office blocks, which are part-let on short-term leases, an empty warehouse and gas holders.

Proposals being considered by the developer at the moment include a new supermarket and other shops and restaurants, residential accommodation, a new green public square, improved roads around the town centre and better pedestrian access.

Sutton Council has been working with the land owner, LXB, to make sure any redevelopment is suitable for Sutton and has prepared a draft planning brief.

Jayne McCoy, executive member for planning, economic development and housing at Sutton Council, said: "The next step is to see what local people think.

"This development will become a major part of our town centre, so it’s important we get input from as many residents and businesses as possible."

The consultation will run from May 29 until July 31.

An exhibition will be held at Sutton Central Library and the old Zurich building.

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Draft plans will also be presented to residents at the Sutton local committee on May 29 and Sutton South, Cheam and Belmont on July 3.

Leaflets will also be delivered to residents and businesses in the area.

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7:03pm Thu 10 May 12

Michael Pantlin says...

How can we suddenly do without a gas holder?
How can we suddenly do without a gas holder? Michael Pantlin
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7:18pm Thu 10 May 12

ResidentTony says...

I am in favour of this land being redeveloped into something good. Ideally I'd like something really smart and stylish. A five star hotel along the lines of Claridges and perhaps a Harvey Nicholls Department Store if that could be arranged please. If, for some reason that is just a tad unrealistic, a large attractively designed Sainsbury's, a three or four star hotel, some apartments of good architectural design and some coffee bars and quality restaurants around a square would be good. In other words I'd be pretty happy with the current proposals. I'd rather we got something pretty good in three years than something totally brilliant in 23 years - or never. There are a few options I could think that would be worse than nothing, but thankfully none of these are being proposed. PS - My only interst in this is that I live nearby and really want the area to go up in the world within the bounds of what is realistic. I and other local people will no doubt want to talk about the details when these emerge shortly, but i would advise other local people not to pour scorn on the whole enterprise so that we just end up with nothing. I think this would be unlikely given the mometum this eneterprise seems to have, but lets tread a little carefully and get the best we possibly can.
I am in favour of this land being redeveloped into something good. Ideally I'd like something really smart and stylish. A five star hotel along the lines of Claridges and perhaps a Harvey Nicholls Department Store if that could be arranged please. If, for some reason that is just a tad unrealistic, a large attractively designed Sainsbury's, a three or four star hotel, some apartments of good architectural design and some coffee bars and quality restaurants around a square would be good. In other words I'd be pretty happy with the current proposals. I'd rather we got something pretty good in three years than something totally brilliant in 23 years - or never. There are a few options I could think that would be worse than nothing, but thankfully none of these are being proposed. PS - My only interst in this is that I live nearby and really want the area to go up in the world within the bounds of what is realistic. I and other local people will no doubt want to talk about the details when these emerge shortly, but i would advise other local people not to pour scorn on the whole enterprise so that we just end up with nothing. I think this would be unlikely given the mometum this eneterprise seems to have, but lets tread a little carefully and get the best we possibly can. ResidentTony
  • Score: 1

3:47am Sat 12 May 12

Monstermunch17 says...

Tony,

You were rumbled last time round - it is morally repugnant to continue commenting on this development, under the tag 'ResidentTony' until you declare your interest.

Who employs you?

Why are you only seen on these boards when this development is discussed?

What have you to gain on the success or otherwise of this proposal?

Ps. As a plant, you are painfully, embarrassingly transparent. While a lot of people drink coffee, no real people log on to message boards to plead for more coffee bars to open, or more significantly, another supermarket to open.
Tony, You were rumbled last time round - it is morally repugnant to continue commenting on this development, under the tag 'ResidentTony' until you declare your interest. Who employs you? Why are you only seen on these boards when this development is discussed? What have you to gain on the success or otherwise of this proposal? Ps. As a plant, you are painfully, embarrassingly transparent. While a lot of people drink coffee, no real people log on to message boards to plead for more coffee bars to open, or more significantly, another supermarket to open. Monstermunch17
  • Score: -1

6:14pm Sun 13 May 12

Wait right there says...

Get rid of the gas holders in Sutton.

Regenerate North Sutton.

More money raised through housing and business rates.

Show people that Sutton is a place to invest in. Priceless
Get rid of the gas holders in Sutton. Regenerate North Sutton. More money raised through housing and business rates. Show people that Sutton is a place to invest in. Priceless Wait right there
  • Score: 1

2:50pm Mon 14 May 12

ResidentTony says...

Monster
To be honest I just want to live in as smart and stylish a place as I can. I can't afford to move from sutton, so want Sutton to get a bit smarter. I am sick and tired of being called a plant. I don't have loads of spare time to comment on things as i am too busy drinking coffee Joke by the way! I have commented on one other issue besides this one but this one is a really great chance to improve the place in a big way. I really don't think the developers whoever they are need a plant to get this built !!!
Monster To be honest I just want to live in as smart and stylish a place as I can. I can't afford to move from sutton, so want Sutton to get a bit smarter. I am sick and tired of being called a plant. I don't have loads of spare time to comment on things as i am too busy drinking coffee Joke by the way! I have commented on one other issue besides this one but this one is a really great chance to improve the place in a big way. I really don't think the developers whoever they are need a plant to get this built !!! ResidentTony
  • Score: 1

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