Monthly Archives: August 2012

Our objection to proposals to redevelop the Cricketers pub

The consultation over plans to demolish and redevelop the Cricketers pub is coming to a close.

We’ve made our comments on the planning application and you can read them here.

This is the most significant development affecting the Conservation Area since it was set up over 40 years ago and we need Merton Council to hear from as many people as possible if the plans are to be rejected.  We have successfully seen off previous development proposals for this site and this has been helped enormously by the number of comments made by local people.  Your voice really can make a difference.

Some of the key points which Mitcham Cricket Green Community and Heritage has made in its comments are:

  • this is one of the most important and sensitive sites in the whole of Cricket Green Conservation Area and any development should be of an outstanding quality
  • the future of the Cricketers needs to be considered alongside that of all the other buildings in and around this island site
  • the site should be retained for community use, whether or not as a public house
  • the proposed development will detract from the Conservation Area – it is too large and insensitively designed and will overwhelm the locally listed Vestry Hall and fire station.  It also introduces new railings and paved areas which are out of character and will detract from this common land

You might want to use these points to inform your own views.

You should send your comments by email to or by post to Development Control, London Borough of Merton, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX.

Remember to include the application reference numbers and a description – 12/P2083 & 12/P2084,  Demolition and redevelopment of the Cricketers public house.

You also need to include your name and address if the comments are to be accepted.  Please send in your views by the end of August at the latest.

If you have any questions feel free to email us at

Our objection to proposals to redevelop the Old Bank House 342 – 344 London Road

We’ve submitted our comments to Merton on plans to redevelop the Old Bank House (342 – 344 London Road, opposite the Fire Station on Cricket Green).

You can read our comments here. In them we expain why we object to the plans, incuding our concerns about how additional building work will have a very harmful effect on the appearance of the building.

We urge anyone who shares our concerns to put in their own comments.

The easiest way for many people will be to send their comments by email to though you can write to Development Control, London Borough of Merton, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX.

Remember to include the application reference number and a description – in this case that is “11/P1991 Development of the Old Bank House”. If you are objecting by email put this in the subject line.

The detail of the planning application is at Merton’s web site here.

Remember – it is really important to make your views known. This planning application will be decided by councillors at a public meeting and the councillors will be made aware of all the comments made. The more people voice their views, the more the councillors will be aware of the strength of local feeling.

A busy time ahead

At our meeting on 31 July we discussed a number of upcoming planning applications.

18 Commonside West. Currently a bunglaow, an application has been made to demolish this and replace it with three, three story town houses.

The Cricketers Pub. As we had anticipated, a third application for housing on this site is has been made, the previous two having been refused.

The Bank Building London Road. A planning application from last year to increase the size of this building and turn it into flats, which never went to the planning committee, has been revised and the deadline for comments is imminent.

We are working on our represenations to the London Borough of Merton on all three applications.

Members are welcome to submit their views to us at If you would like to become a member, our joining form is here.