Category Archives: Cricket Green Conservation Area

Cricket Green Charter – have your say

It’s the 50th anniversary of Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area and so there is no better time to be refreshing the Cricket Green Charter.

The Charter was first prepared in 2013 and sets out principles that have been informing development and other decisions for more than five years.

The Canons Lottery project is a direct result of the Charter, and is just one of the important achievements it has inspired.

We have been inviting views on the refresh since the beginning of 2019 and been in touch with more than 5,000 households in the local area.

We have received some great feedback.

We also held a workshop earlier this month for local people and councillors. This also heard from Merton Council’s futureMerton team about the changes Cricket Green can expect in the coming years.

Thank you to everyone who has been involved so far. We produced a report on the consultation feedback.

We are now asking for your views on a final draft of the new Cricket Green Charter.

Have a look and let us know what you think.

  • Have we pitched things properly?
  • What have we missed?
  • Are these your priorities?
  • How would you like to see Cricket Green change?

You can email us, get involved on Twitter, or come along and talk things through at our stall at Merton Heritage Discovery Day (at the Civic Centre in Morden on May 11th) or Mitcham Carnival (at Three Kings Piece in Mitcham on June 15th).

We also have an Open Meeting in Mitcham Cricket Pavilion on May 28th at 7pm and would love to chat to you there.

We need to have your feedback by the time of Mitcham Carnival.

Report on the consultation feedback

Final draft of the new Cricket Green Charter

18 Commonside West upward extension would damage design of contemporary flats

The controversial demolition of 18 Commonside West and its redevelopment as a block of flats is a rare example of adequate contemporary design in new building in the Conservation Area.

It is all the more disappointing, therefore, to be faced with new plans to increase its height that have been put forward by the developers of the much less successful scheme at 22 Commonside West.

We believe the current building sits easily in its surroundings and the new one shows a fundamental lack of respect for its context.

The proposed scheme is much higher and does not relate well to the neighbouring 1930s houses. It is also disingenuous for the applicants to suggest that the proposals responds well to 22 Commonside West when this was constructed later and is, in our view, a much less successful scheme.

We have asked Merton Council to reject the plans.

Read our representation – Commonside West 18 – Mar 19.

Cricket Green – the next 50 years – get involved!

Comment on the Cricket Green Charter and come along to a public event on 8th April

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area this year!

The things that we all know make Cricket Green a special place – the ancient greens, variety of historic buildings, wonderful views and rich story – were officially recognised by Merton Council in 1969 and now by law every effort has to be made by developers and others to “preserve and enhance” its character.

We have a programme of celebrations and events planned, including a 50th anniversary Community on the Green on 18th July and a special Mitcham Heritage Day on 14th September.

Keep an eye out on Twitter (@MitchamCrktGrn) for our 50 things initiative telling the story of the Conservation Area through photographs of things that people have told us are special to them. We are also looking to plant something golden!

The 50th anniversary is also a time to look forward and think about how Cricket Green is going to change in the future.

We all know there are lots of pressures from development and some recent changes have not been for the better. We are also keen to see the open spaces and wildlife better cared for, trees planted and ponds protected. There are too few places for people to meet, we lack community facilities and we are losing shops and businesses. We want to see beautiful homes built and less pollution.

Over the last few years our work has been guided by the Cricket Green Charter and its principles to inform policies and planning decisions about the future of the area.

Among other successes the Charter is the starting point for the £5m now being invested in The Canons and its grounds.

It is time for a refresh and we want your views.

  • How would you like to see Cricket Green change and develop?
  • What would you like to see more of?
  • What is special about Cricket Green that should be protected?
  • What has happened in the last few years you would rather not see repeated?
  • What kind of new development would be welcome?
  • What community facilities are we lacking?

You can see our early thoughts on a new Cricket Green Charter here.

Let us know what you think by:

We know Cricket Green is special.

In this 50th anniversary year please play your part in keeping it that way.

Open spaces matter – our response to Merton Council Open Space Study

Merton’s green spaces matter.

In every poll of why people love where they live they come out top and Cricket Green has more green spaces than anywhere else in Merton.

So we have welcomed a new “open spaces study” by Merton Council which provides an opportunity to recognise their importance and protect and manage them better in the future.

Our green spaces certainly need better recognition.

The evidence is growing of a decline in management standards as a result of Merton Council’s contracting out to idverde. Development pressures are everywhere and Merton’s Local Plan is up for review.

We have highlighted some glaring gaps in the open space database, including important areas of registered Town Green.

Important areas of nature conservation interest are also missing and we have objected to open spaces like Three Kings Piece being classified as “outdoor sports facilities”. They are used for football matches for a tiny percentage of the time and are so much more important than that.

We’re also surprised at the omission of the new green space created around Fair Green as a result of the recent “Rediscover Mitcham” investment. Merton Council has promised that this will be registered as additional Town Green but has left it off the map.

Our submission also calls on Merton Council and Mitcham Common Conservators to prepare management plans for each of the open spaces.

Most green spaces don’t have a management plan and those for Cranmer Green ran out in 2006 and Mitcham Common in 2012.

Among other initiatives we’re also pressing for better protection for the local ponds, stronger commitments to keeping trees and shrubs well watered in the summer and a plan to replace trees which will eventually die off.

Read our submission –  open spaces study – jan 19

See – Merton Council’s open space map