Welcome to the Kingston upon Thames Society

Our mission

The Kingston upon Thames Society exists to promote high standards of planning, conservation and design in the Royal Borough. This includes the towns of Kingston upon Thames, Coombe, the Maldens, Surbiton, Tolworth and Chessington.

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

Monthly public meetings

The Society's 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.

Our next public meeting is on Wednesday 21 October where we will hear the story of how the Royal Star and Garter Home moved from Richmond to Kingston.

Full details of our public meetings are on the Coming Events page.

Celebrate some of the good things in the Borough

We organise Kingston's Heritage Open Days. The Kingston Heritage Open Days 2015 will be on Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September.

We recognise good local architecture and design through our Townscape Awards. These will be given again in 2015 at our Public Meeting in November.

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

Review new planning proposals

One of the main activities of the Society 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 the ones that we think are most important.

You can see what we said in recent weeks on the Minor Schemes page.

We get more involved with the larger schemes, such as Tesco Tolworth and The Old Post Office site. Details of our responses to these schemes are on the Major Schemes page. This page was last updated on 27 May with our revised comments on The Old Post Office site.

Visits and socials

The Society organises occassional visits to demonstrate the good and the bad of architecture and design. Our next visit is on Saturday 26 September and will start at Tate Britain.

Details of our visits are on the Coming Events page.

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.