British Land gets green light for £400m regeneration scheme

The British Land logo. The company has been given planning permission for its proposed £400m Kingston development

British Land has been given planning permission for its proposed £400m Kingston development

BRITISH Land has been given the go-ahead for the £400million regeneration of Eden Walk, Kingston.

The Royal Borough of Kingston approved British Land and Universities Superannuation Scheme Ltd’s (USS) proposed scheme which will regenerate part of the historic London market town.

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Variety of features

Eden Walk in Kingston, which has been designed by BDP Architects, will provide 28 new retail units, 12 restaurants and cafes, plus a sky restaurant with panoramic views, 380 new homes, office space, public spaces, a cinema and pedestrian routes to other parts of the town centre.

The formal planning approval follows an extensive programme of community engagement over two years, resulting in significant local support for the development. It is estimated that the development will create around 600 jobs.

Richard Wise, Head of Retail Development for British Land, said: “Kingston is a special place which enjoys a unique blend of heritage, retail and leisure from its great riverside location. Looking forward, Kingston’s standing in Greater London will continue to rise, because the Council has a positive growth agenda and is willing to get things done.

British Land: ‘High quality central space for Kingston’

“The proposed redevelopment of Eden Walk is designed to complement the existing retail offer and create a high quality central space for Kingston which will over time, become the heart of the town. It will be a place that reflects modern lifestyles, where people can live, shop, work and relax with friends and family.”

Graham Burnett, Head of Property at USS Investment Management, added: “We are pleased that the development has received formal planning consent and look forward to an even brighter future for Eden Walk.”

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