Residents opposing floating homes on Surbiton’s filter beds are outnumbered in every ward, the developers have claimed.
Hydro Properties leafleted houses in the run-up to Tuesday’s decision asking people to sign a letter of support for its plans. The plans would see 64 homes on a floating pontoon, with a marina, restaurant, nature reserve and riverside walk. Phillip Wallis, managing director of Hydro, claimed “a significant number” of opponents to the floating homes live outside Surbiton.
The company said some objections had come from as far away as France, and a table showed there was almost double the amount of supporters in the Kingston area compared with the number of oppositions. Mr Wallis also said some residents had volunteered to help deliver the newsletter Seething Wells Life alongside company representatives.
Eight councillors on the planning development control committee will make a decision on Tuesday night with their own planning officer recommending that building on the filter beds is permitted. Sport England, which was against the development, withdrew its objection days before the meeting, saying it would have no knock-on effect on river activity.