Our Community Planning and Design Brief for the Wilson Local Care Centre

Merton’s Clinical Commissioning Group has chosen the Wilson Hospital as the location for a new Local Care Centre serving this part of the Borough.

This will mean a major redevelopment of the historic site, first bequeathed to Mitcham by Sir Isaac Wilson in the 1920s. The architects were also responsible for the Vestry Hall and former fire station. The current hospital is a much loved local landmark and locally listed as well as being in the Cricket Green Conservation Area.

We welcome the decision on the Local Care Centre and want to see a redevelopment of the highest quality. This would respect the legacy of Sir Isaac Wilson, the sensitive location and the existing historic buildings.

To help guide the redevelopment we have produced a Community Planning & Design Brief for the Wilson Hospital site. This follows a thorough survey of the grounds and discussion at our Open Meetings.

We have identified some important features of the site which need to be retained. These include the classical frontage, open space, important trees, boundary features and historic and vernacular details.

The site is hampered by poor quality outbuildings, large areas of tarmac, poorly located parking, intrusive lighting, poorly used open space and a lack of any link to Cranmer School.

The Community Planning & Design Brief establishes 15 principles to guide the redevelopment.

These range from retaining the locally listed building to providing an off-road drop off for Cranmer School. We believe there should be no increase in the area of buildings on the site and no loss of green space overall. We are also asking that the grounds be better used for informal recreation to promote public health and that some simple interpretation is provided. We want the open aspect to Caesar’s Walk retained and are wary of early plans to develop new housing on this part of the site.

Read our Community Planning & Design Brief.

Watch out for the development plans later this year. We are promised community consultation.