Surbiton Filter Beds plans return as The Sanctuary
By Surb_People | Thursday, August 02, 2012, 15:36
The plan to develop the Surbiton Filter Beds site on Portsmouth road has taken a new twist after it returned with a new name and a new plan for the wetlands area.
Updated plans for the Filter Beds site have resulted in a new name - The Sanctuary
The plans were due to be decided on by Kingston Council months ago, but were put on hold so that detailed surveys of bats could be completed. During this time the scheme has had a makeover and the developer has renamed the site and the scheme, The Sanctuary.
The developers have been in discussion with the consultancy arm of The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (WWT Consulting) to help manage the site, should it eventually receive planning permission. The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust are probably best known for their work at the Barnes Wetland Centre.
The proposals include:
- 64 floating homes
- New marina
- Visitor centre
- Nature reserve
- Houseboat moorings
- Restaurant on the marina
- New riverside public footpath
The planning application for the site is likely to be decided up on by Kingston Council in the next couple of months. This application has been in existence for a long time now and it's about time that a decision was made. The developers say that they will be carrying out further consultation throughout the Surbiton area over the coming weeks.
Without a doubt, the application has caused some controversy, as have all previous applications for the site. Way back in January, Surbitonpeople reported that 'Surbiton Filter Beds plans look dead in the water' after a stormy Council meeting. However, the developers will surely be hoping that their latest plans will change people's perception of the planning application. They say that 'The Sanctuary' will be one of the most sustainable developments in the country and point to the 'Exemplar' award under the BRE GreenPrint scheme as proof.
However, there are still plenty of people who are unlikely to be won around by these latest plans. Recently leaflets have been delivered to the Surbiton area encouraging people to object to the Filter Beds plans. The objectors are keen to point out that the site is protected and is designated as Metropolitan Open Land.
What do you think of these plans? This is likely to go to the Development Control Committee of the Kingston Council for a decision soon, so it really is make your mind up time. Make sure you get hold of all the facts and have your say on the future of Surbiton's riverside.