In addition the North Kingston Forum points out:
The adopted North Kingston Development Brief (October 2016) has the purpose of providing a clear framework for the future comprehensive and phased redevelopment of the North Kingston sites.
The brief accords with the council’s Core Strategy 2012 and the Kingston Town Area Action Plan (K+20, 2008), and holds material weight in the determination of planning applications. The Development Form and Massing Principles outlined in the brief clearly illustrates a range of building heights from 1-3 storey up to a maximum of 12 storeys. A tower of 25 storeys on this site would not conform with those principles.
Additionally, the leasehold disposal of Canbury Car Park (§5 Growth Committee 7 February 2017), clearly states:
……Kingston Gate / Apache will commit, by way of a condition precedent to the contract for sale, to develop a scheme that conforms with the North Kingston Development Brief. On this basis, a sale directly to Kingston Gate / Apache is considered the best means of achieving the delivery of the vision articulated in the Development Brief.
The Kingston CAAC has already objected with an extremely thorough and well argued response as to the harms to Historic assets, their settings, and to Conservation Areas. We support and reiterate these points.