Kingston Council pledges to use CPO powers to move regeneration scheme forward
Kingston Council has resolved to use its compulsory purchase order powers to acquire land and rights for the £400m regeneration of Eden Walk shopping centre by British Land and USS.
The vision of is to redevelop the site with 420 homes, 28 retail units, 12 restaurants, a cinema and office space. The prime town centre site includes the shopping centre, multi-storey car park, Millennium House, Neville House and Gough House.
The council’s Growth Committee said: “The council supports the scheme and wishes to bring forward the regeneration of Kingston town centre as quickly as possible. The scheme is considered to bring significant benefits in terms of housing, jobs and economic investment to Kingston.”
The council granted planning permission for the regeneration in 2016, however, since 2013 British Land/USS have been pursuing negotiations to acquire the land and rights required to deliver the scheme by agreement. The decision to invoke CPO powers will have to be approved by the Secretary of State.