Monthly Archives: February 2016

Cricketers pub redevelopment – tweaks to planning application and our comments

We have responded to yet another plan to demolish and replace the Cricketers with a block of flats at the heart of Cricket Green. These have emerged after more than a year’s radio silence and without any consultation.

The latest plans are an improvement on what has gone before but still fail to meet the standards required. They lack distinction and draw their design cues from the neighbouring Vestry Hall and former fire station.

The development remains too large for this sensitive site and will detract from the Vestry Hall. We are also concerned about the impact on the key view of the cricket ground on the approach from Mitcham Parish Church.

This time the developers have tried to match the colour of the Vestry Hall bricks and tiles. It may look possible on paper but achieving a true colour match is notoriously difficult in practice. Old buildings weather differently and their materials take on the patina of age which cannot be easily copied.

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Our overall assessment is that the new plans are an improvement but this site demands a building of the highest quality – one capable of being listed within 30 years. It fails to pass the test.

Read our Response to the latest cricketers plans

Read earlier posts on plans to redevelop the Cricketers:

April 2015 yet another planning application for cricketers pub

April 2014 yet another cricketers pub planning application

June 2013 what next for the cricketers pub

February 2013 cricketers campaign success

December 2012 the cricketers pub appeal hearing on 15 January how you can help

November 2012 the cricketers pub saga continues – prepare for the planning inspector

August 2012 our objection to proposals to redevelop the crickers pub

 

Date Valley School shelter breaks planning laws

Date Valley School occupies the locally listed Mitcham Court in a prominent location overlooking Mitcham’s historic cricket ground.

It has found itself in breach of planning laws by building a major shelter in the Conservation Area without seeking planning permission.

A planning application has now been submitted and we have objected on the grounds of its impact on views across to Mitcham Court and the cricket ground from both London Road and Chatsworth Place.

We have asked for the shelter to be lowered and this could be achieved without compromising its use by the school.

Read our response to Merton Council – Date Valley shelter – Feb 16

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