The much anticipated review of Merton’s Local Plan provides an opportunity to turn the tide on the quality of new development in and around Cricket Green.
The new Local Plan will identify development sites and include the planning policies that will shape new building for decades.
We’ve set out our preliminary views in a detailed 20 page response and map which identifies:
- fourteen sites with particular development or conservation opportunities – including detailed guidelines for developing not only the major sites at the Wilson and Benedict Wharf but also the Burn Bullock, White Hart car park, old fire station and the car wash site on London Road among others
- the need to protect the important shopping parades along London and Church Roads and at Bramcote Parade
- six opportunities for public realm and traffic management improvements, including closure of King George VI Avenue to traffic and removal of the tarmac path cutting across Cricket Green from the Police Station combined with moving the road crossing to the end of the public footpath running along the side of the cricket ground
- thirteen community assets which need to be recognised and protected, including Wandle Industrial Museum, the bowling green, Mitcham Community Orchard and the Windmill pub
- additional protections for Bellamy’s Copse, the carriage sweep outside Date Valley School and the green spaces which make such an important contribution to Glebe Court
- protection for employment uses for the land and buildings used for car servicing and repairs behind London Road and for London Box Sash Windows
We have also asked for a Design Code to be prepared for Cricket Green which supports new residential development based on streets and town houses rather than flats and blocks.
We are looking for new policies to protect local ponds, including on Cranmer Green, and to designate all existing open space as Local Green Space, which offers the same protection as Green Belt.
We’re looking forward to collaborating with Merton Council during 2018 to help develop the plan and engage local people in these and other proposals.
There’s more to read in our full submission – Merton Local Plan review – MCGC&H contribution – Jan 2018.
We would welcome any feedback.