Kingston and Surbiton MP Edward Davey has told developers planning to build floating homes on Surbiton Filter Beds to “give up”.
The Energy Secretary was cautiously receptive to Hydro Properties’s application when it was unveiled in April last year, claiming it was “worlds apart” from previous proposals. But he has now urged residents to back the campaign organised by the Friends of Seething Wells opposing the plans. Mr Davey, who has spearheaded previous campaigns against development on the riverside site, said the Surbiton Filter Beds were “too special” to sacrifice to flats, car parks and a restaurant.
He said the application had failed to meet the “special circumstance” necessary for planning permission and he backed the “engaged” community of Surbiton to come up with an alternative plan for the site.
Mr Davey was joined by Kingston Council deputy leader Liz Green, and her fellow St Marks ward councillors, mayor Mary Heathcote and Yogan Yoganathan. Friends of Seething Wells said they were delighted Mr Davey had got behind their campaign and hoped for a “fitting future” for the Filter Beds.