The Grade II listed White Hart is one of the most important buildings in Merton and stands prominently at the heart of Cricket Green Conservation Area.
It includes a large area of land to the rear which is the focus of plans for a new block of flats.
We have welcome the proposals to restore and re-open the White Hart and demolish the modern extension to its rear.
Unfortunately the new building proposed as part of the development is less sympathetic.
The architects drawing clearly show it will be visible above the roofline of the White Hart in the key approach along Cricket Green to the south.
Worryingly, there is no information provided on the impact on Lower Green West.
The design of the new flats also doesn’t do justice the the location and the proposed beer garden will spend most of its time in shade. An opportunity has been missed to service the White Hart from the rear and avoid delivery lorries adding to the congestion and road safety problems at Jubilee Corner.
As a consequence we have objected to the plans (see here) and invited the developers to collaborate on an alternative. We would welcome well designed residential development which funds restoration of the White Hart and avoids damage to the Conservation Area.