The appeal hearing for the Cricketers pub development will be held at the town hall in Morden on 15 January 2013.
If you want to help us stop the Cricketers pub on London Road from being developed into an overpowering, inappropriate block of flats, now is the time to make your views known. Read on for the story so far and details on how you can help.
The story so far
The appeal hearing will examine two planning appliations from the same developer.
One is a design which the developer calls ‘modern’ but which we think is no different to thousands of other blocks of flats to be seen all over the country. The building is too large and too poorly designed for this sensitive site. This design was turned down by the council and the developer is appealing against that decision.
The other is, in the words of the developer, an ‘idiosyncratic design’ based on ‘fake history’. It is version of what a Victorian pub might look like if it were turned into a block of flats. This design is going to the planning committee on 13 December. Merton council officers have recommended that the planning committee refuse the application. We will report on the decision as soon as we know it.
Part of our objection to this proposal is that with so much real history on Cricket Green, this fake history would look like what it is – a confection with no real meaning. It would undermine and overpower the Vestry Hall , a real Victorian building, and the fire station, built in the 1920s. Both are locally listed.
The Wimbledon Guardian ran a story on the ‘fake history’ application last week. Read it here.
How you can help
The best way to get your views across is to send them in via the Planning Inspectorate website. The closing date for making comments on the ‘modern’ design has passed, but you still have time to make comments on the ‘fake history’ design.
The deadline for comments is 28 December – but do it now before you forget!
You can make comments here
Please also make your views known here
It is important to do this twice as there are two applications being appealed – one for planning consent for the new building (this is reference APP/T5720/A/12/2186739 and the other to demolish the existing building in a conservation area (reference APP/T5720/E/12/2186745).
Alternatively, you can write (enclosing three copies of each letter) to The Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/06 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. Please quote the two reference numbers above.
The main points we have made and which you may want to consider in your own comments are that the proposals will significantly damage the character of the conservation area because they:
- overwhelm the site and compete the with the locally listed Vestry Hall and fire station
- remove an important community use
- introduce a design based on “fake history” into an area rich in authentic heritage
- fail to meet the high design standards required of such an important and sensitive site at the heart of the Conservation Area
- introduce intrusive new railings and paved areas which have no precedent in the surrounding area
- introduce a major new source of light pollution into the muted and sensitively lit nightscape of Cricket Green
- prevent the future of the whole island site, including the fire station and Vestry Hall, being considered together.
Please get in touch if you would like any information or advice on how to make an impact. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org