The shisha cabins are back!

The plan for eight shisha cabins to be built on Metropolitan Open Land next to the Ravensbury Arms has returned.

The plans were considered “unacceptable” and refused planning permission by Merton Council in August.

The new plans are remarkably similar and deserve short shrift.

We’ve welcomed the restoration of the Ravensbury Arms and it is good to see it being brought back into use. It occupies an important site defining the beginning of the ancient route across Mitcham Common and surrounded on all sides by green space, including the historic Mitcham golf course.

Metropolitan Open Land has the same protection as Green Belt where development is only permitted in “very special circumstance”. This is a most “ordinary” planning application which urbanises protected open land and the developers have made little attempt to respond to earlier objections.

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