Monthly Archives: August 2013

A busy week in planning

It’s been a busy week for us in terms of planning applications and we have submitted three documents to Merton Council.

Sites and policies plan

The sites and policies plan is an extremely important document. It contains all Merton’s planning policies that will be used in the assessment of planning applications in the borough once it has been adopted. It also identifies sites for redevelopment between 2014 and 2024.

The plan has been available for public comment and a final draft will be produced and submitted to the Secretary of State for scrutiny by the end of September. in December there will be a public hearing by a planning inspector to examine the plans. The inspector will report in early 2014 with the final version being adopted by the council and put into general use some time during next year.

You can see the document for yourself and register to be kept informed of meeting dates at Merton Council’s web site here.

You can read our comments here.

18 Commonside West

You may recall that a plan to demolish a bungalow on Commonside West and replace it with houses was turned down by the Council.

The developers returned with a new proposal and while we did not object in principle we found some aspects, including having balconies on the front of the houses, unacceptable.

Balconies easily and understandably become full of ‘clutter’ which could negatively affect the views of this important strand of homes in the Cricket Green Conservation Area from across Three Kings Piece.

The developers have revised their plans and made adjustments to the balconies. You can read our comments on the revised plans here.

Mcmillan Williams, 8 & 10 Cricket Green

We were shocked and surprised when Mcmillan Williams Solicitors on Cricket Green tore the original (1830s) windows out of their locally listed offices facing onto Cricket Green without having applied for permission to do so. The windows were replaced with modern windows totally out of keeping with the building.

We contacted the Enforcement Officer at Merton Council, and Mcmillan Williams Solicitors has applied for planning permission to replace the windows it recently put in with new ones restoring them to a faithful replication of the original.

You can read our comments on their application here.

Cricket pavilion open, guided walk and six a side competiton celebrating Open House London, 21 September

We are delighted to be opening the Cricket Pavilion for this year’s Open House London weekend on 21 September.

Please join us at the cricket pavilion on Mitcham Cricket Green.

  • Free access to the 1904 cricket pavilion with its stunning views across the cricket green and great collection of local cricketing memorabilia
  • Special display about the cricketers listed on the Ruff Memorial Stone
  • Refreshments. Take tea on the balcony and soak up the atmosphere
  • A six a side cricket competition between multi-age sides from Mitcham Cricket Club starting at 11am and going on all day
  • A free guided walk around the Cricket Green area starting at 11:30am

The cricket pavilion will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Full details including how to get there are on our poster.

 

Council plans floodlit sports pitches at Canons

Merton Council has shocked people with crude and damaging plans to construct floodlit sports pitches in local woodland and on the site of former tennis courts in the heart of the conservation area.

The development contradicts the Council’s own planning policies to protect wildlife, avoid light pollution and care for local heritage.

Mitcham Cricket Green Community and Heritage has campaigned for the old tennis courts in the grounds of the Canons to be brought back to life.

One of our objectives is to encourage recreation and this community facility has stood idle and wasted for years. Now it faces the prospect of being lost forever as Merton Council has plans to develop two “multi use games areas” and floodlight them till 9.30pm every day and all year round.

Eight towering floodlights will be erected and a swathe of woodland will be lost from the nearby and much loved copse.

The Council’s own reports show that such development can have a devastating impact on the local bat population. The light pollution will also have a highly damaging and urbanising impact at the heart of the Conservation Area. The grounds of the Canons are valued for their sensitive lighting and quality of the night time landscape. This was recognised in the development of the Cricket Green Charter and is enhanced by the Council’s own policy deliberately to provide subdued lighting in the area.

All this will go.

The planning application even fails to provide any guarantees that the new facilities will be available for use by the local community.

With underused facilities already available nearby at the KNK Stadium and Cranmer School it is no surprise that a Council study of sports pitches concluded that provision in Mitcham is “significantly better” than elsewhere in the Borough.

There is no excuse for such a devastating development.

We are asking Merton Council to think again and return with plans to restore the old tennis courts for use in daylight hours by local people. We are even offering to help with the fundraising.

Read our full views on the plans for floodlit sports pitches at the Canons.

If you agree, let Merton Council know your views – the information is at Merton’s web site here, and you can submit your views online here.