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.

We hold 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.

Details of our public meetings are on the Coming Events page.

We celebrate some of the good things in the Borough

We organise Kingston's Heritage Open Days.

We recognise good local architecture and design through our Townscape Awards.

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

We consider all 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 Eden Quarter. The most recent proposal that we have considered is for The Old Post Office site. Details of our responses to these schemes are on the Major Schemes page.

We do other things too

Other things that we get involved in are described on the Headlines page. Here you can read our Chairman's Report for 2014.

Join the Society to get involved

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