A developer is being called on to restore its burnt-out Victorian cottage in Norbiton.

The derelict terrace house in Station Road, owned by CNM Estates, was completely destroyed by a fire on January 4.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Norbiton Ward Councillor Linsey Cottingon said residents are “very upset” by the fire and want the cottage “reinstated as soon as possible”.

Councillor Cottington, the Kingston Labour group leader, said: “They have also been expressing their huge frustrations at developments coming on Coombe Road across from the Norbiton Village shops and restaurants.

“Aside from the burnt-out cottage there are three outstanding planning permissions.

“Two of these permissions belong to CNM Estates and are for the construction of serviced apartments- one site also has permission for 5x2-bed flats- on what was the old Lovekyn car sales site and the American Golf shop.

“The third site is the Kingston Community School owned by the ESFA.”

Cllr Cottington made an enquiry to the council’s planning officers about the cottage and was told that CNM Estates was awaiting a decision on their planning application to put a new extension on the cottage before they started renovating it.

However, CNM was granted permission to extend the cottage on January 21.

Cllr Cottington said: “I am as frustrated as the local residents about the burned out shell of this once very pretty Victorian cottage sitting there boarded up and with no roof.

“This is a peaceful residential area where the community is being unsettled by planning decisions that they can do little about.

“CNM needs to give local residents an immediate reassurance that the cottage will be rebuilt.”

CNM Estates chairman Wahid Samady said: “We have secured the building and are working to restore it.”