The pub is a locally listed building and it overlooks the historic Fair Green, a registered Town Green and protected Open Space.
The future development of this site is important for the standards it sets and the precedents that are established.
Studio Suites has submitted a planning application to create what is being marketed as 28 high end “studio suites” in a new five storey block in multiple occupation. The proposed studio rooms will be a new residential concept for Mitcham and the development will reduce the space available to the Kings Arms by 29% and the space currently used by Cafe Rose by 14%.
We support mixed use development in the centre of Mitcham but it should not be at the expense of key uses such as pubs and cafes.
The plans have failed to impress Mitcham Society which says the Kings Arms will be “overshadowed by a greedy and poorly designed new building”. We agree. The Kings Arms and adjacent White Lion of Mortimer should remain Mitcham village centre’s premier buildings and not be overwhelmed by development of this scale.
The design results in a bloated building that damages the integrity of the locally listed Kings Arms and obstructs the key elevation facing Fair Green by imposing a glazed ground floor extension which has the appearance of an extended bus shelter.
The developer is kidding nobody by claims that there will be “minimal alterations to the external appearance” and that the new glazed extension will “provide a stunning feature to compliment [sic] the ornate Victorian architecture of the public house”.
The developer has so far failed to talk to either Merton Council or the local community about the plans. They should be refused and we stand ready to discuss how an alternative might be brought forward which respects this important site in the heart of Mitcham.
Read our full representation Kings Arms development – Oct 20