Car wash redevelopment should be fronted by shops not bin sheds

New plans for nine homes on the car wash site at 370 – 374 London Road are now with Merton Council to decide.

We earmarked the site to be allocated for building in the Local Plan and support its use for a combination of new homes and an extension of the local shopping parade.

Merton Council agreed with our approach.

The developers have other ideas and propose a line of bin sheds and cycle stores along London Road instead of shops and local services.

We’ve objected to this, and also objected to the loss of adjacent trees without planned replacements and the proposal for a shallow green roof which falls well short of official standards.

There are no affordable homes in this proposal, and the flats will generate an extra 5 or 6 cars with no parking to be provided.

It is planned to collect bins and make deliveries from London Road which is sure to create congestion and conflict with buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

The building design is better that earlier plans for 19 flats but lacks detail and key documents which are required to be provided are still missing.

We have asked Merton Council to reject the plans and invited the developers to come back with new proposals once they have involved local people.

Read our submission on the latest plans for the car wash site 370-374 London Road – Jan 22