Back garden development off Russell Road

A new development of 9 flats has been proposed for the back garden site behind Preshaw Crescent.

This follows the collapse of the earlier Wandle Housing plans and has resulted in access now being off Russell Road.

The plans are presented as amendments to the earlier proposal but they are substantially different. We have asked Merton Council to pause any decision while the developers update the information to take account of the changes.

We find the scheme poorly designed and it fails to address the earlier unauthorised clearance of trees from the site. It is also hard to see how construction vehicles will access the site given the developer’s own analysis reveals they need to mount pavements to get round the tight corners on the access routes.

We have also pointed out the missed opportunity to improve access through the site rather than leave it as a dead end.

You can read our submission here