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Welcome to the Kingston upon Thames Society

We serve the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, which includes Chessington, Coombe, the Maldens, Surbiton and Tolworth.

New members are welcome.

Our mission

The Kingston upon Thames Society exists to promote high standards of planning, conservation and design in the Royal Borough. 

Find out more about the Society on the About Us page.

Monthly public meetings

The Society wants to increase and improve the debate on what the Royal Borough of Kingston is and what it could be. One way we do this is through our regular public meetings.

We traditionally take a break over the summer holidays, Our next public meeting will be on Wednesday November 20th: Civic Voice's Chief Executive Ian Harvey will give an illustrated talk on 'confidence in the planning system'

We are currently accepting guest speaker bookings for 2020 - please contact us for further details. Full details of our public meetings are on the Coming Events page.

Celebrating some of the good things in the Borough

We organise Kingston's Heritage Open Days

England Heritage Open Days 2019 was on 13-22 September and Open House London 2019 took place on 21-22 September. Kingston Heritage Open days covered both events.

We recognise good local architecture and design through our Townscape Awards.
We are looking for cadidates for 2020.

We act as guardian of one of Kingston's most important ancient monuments, Coombe Conduit on Coombe Lane West.

Visits and socials

The Society organises occassional visits to explore the good and the bad of architecture and design. In 2018 our popular Summer Guided walk started at St Paul’s Cathedral, crossing the Millennium Bridge to the new extension of the Tate Modern Gallery, followed by the Newport Street Gallery.
Our Society Summer Picnic, returned in 2018 which was enjoyed by all who could make it.
Details for upcoming visits and social events will be posted on the Coming Events page.

Reviewing new planning proposals

A significant part of the Society's activity is to review and comment on planning consultations and applications.

Each week Kingston Council publishes a list of new Planning Applications, we sift through this list and comment on those we think are most important.

Our Major Schemes page covers the most significant planning applications, such as Tesco Tolworth and The Old Post Office site. 

Our Minor Schemes page covers other applications that are on our radar or of concern to us.

Our Other Consutations page covers non application consultations, such as fomulation of the London Plan and Local Plans.
These are important for us to be involved in as they inform all planning decisions, enabling us to tackle planning problems at their source. 

Join the Society to get involved

If you share our interest in protecting, celebrating and enhancing our Royal Borough then you can join the Society to get more involved and to have more of a say on what the Society does.

Details are on the How to Join page.

Join the debate on Facebook

Not everybody can, or wants to, attend meetings so we have other ways in which people can get involved. If you are on Facebook then you can join our group to take part in the discussions and to read/share the latest news. You do not need to be a paid-up member of the Society to join us on Facebook.