Development update: 16.07.19

Regrettably, we have heard from the Royal Borough of Kingston that the Council has overturned a previous decision whereby the YMCA would look to build new move accommodation and a community centre and nursery in Chessington.

As a YMCA we are very disappointed by this decision having spent a long time developing our design, responding to community feedback and liaising with key partners including the Church and school. We had a proposal that would have delivered a brand new community centre, an affordable nursery, a community café and what we know to be much needed affordable accommodation. Our vision is of places where young people thrive and communities flourish however on in this instance we will not be able to deliver on this promise in Chessington.

We are grateful for all community partners who have been involved with this project and we are sorry that we will not be able to realise this project together.

Early proposals

YMCA was in negotiation for the land transaction with Kingston Council for the St Mary’s Centre site, working with architects and technical advisers to develop a scheme that provides a community centre and affordable housing.

The ambition was to provide a brand new community centre for local people including a cafe, together with 31 affordable homes and a nursery. The proposed development would have been on the existing footprint of the St Mary’s Centre only and not on the surrounding area, eg, the allotments behind the centre.

A vibrant hub at the heart of your community
Our aim was for the new centre to be at the heart of the community; providing services that the local people would need and want. We were keen to ensure that local people were fully engaged in the process as we begin to develop the project, holding consultations, including public meetings and sessions at the centre with hall users and residents. We established a consultative group which is made up from local residents of all ages and backgrounds, not all of whom are users of the existing building.

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