Wandle House plans

We have welcomed plans to separate the Grade II listed Wandle House from the 1960s office block it has been linked for over 50 years.

Wandle House is an important part of Mitcham’s story with links to the assemblage of historic buildings by the ford across the Wandle by Bishopsford Road.

The planned development is an all too rare example of a scheme which will improve the Conservation Area for the Wandle Valley.

There are also opportunities to improve the landscaping and reduce the large area of hard standing and car park.

We are also alert to the possibility of the office block being converted to flats following the precedents of Justin Plaza and Brook House.

You can read our submission here.

Memorial stone at Lower Green West war memorial

Merton Council has submitted an application to itself to install a memorial stone at Lower Green West war memorial.

We secured national listing for the war memorial last year.

The memorial stone will recognise William White, Mitcham’s only Victoria Cross holder from World War I and it will be set flush to the ground immediately in front of the war memorial.

Remarkably, Merton Council had to declare its own application invalid for failing to provide key information and a site plan.

We have welcomed the plans and ask that they are supported by a method statement that sets out how the sensitive installation should be managed and that there are long term guarantees that the stone will be maintained.

You can read our submission here.

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

Cricket Green Conservation Area – 4th in Civic Voice poll to find England’s Favourite Conservation Area

Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area came 4th in a national poll to find England’s Favourite Conservation Area.

The vote was organised by Civic Voice, the umbrella body for England’s Civic Societies.

In context:

  • There are more than 10,000 Conservation Areas in England
  • 249 applied to be England’s Favourite
  • 18 were shortlisted by Civic Voice

A public vote ran for two weeks, and we spread the word, asking people to vote and share information with others.

We were overwhelmed by the support we received, and by the positive things people had to say about our Conservation Area.

Next year Cricket Green Conservation Area will be 50 years old – what a wonderful way to enter that 50th year!
You can read the full details of the vote at the Civic Voice web site here.

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped Cricket Green Conservation Area achieve 4th place.

It is a truly stunning result – and it shows how much we all love our conservation area.

Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area in the running to be England’s Favourite

Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Area is in the running to be England’s Favourite Conservation Area.

From 249 nominated conservation areas, Civic Voice, the Civic Society umbrella organisation selected 18 for its shortlist.

The winner will be chosen by a public vote.

To vote for Mitcham Cricket Green go to the voting web page and find our photo – the one with the most people in it. Click the heart.

Please spread the word.

Voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday 16th October.

 

La Sporta demolition plan

The La Sporta building on Church Road has always been something of a conundrum.

After years of lying empty and falling into neglect it has struggled to find a purpose. There is a covenant preventing housing being built on the site although this didn’t prevent early discussions with Merton Council some years ago. The Council has since admitted it has lost the note of the advice it provided.

Now it is being slated for demolition.

The building itself provokes mixed views. The important of its location is, however, without doubt. At a key gateway to the Conservation Area it is in the setting of the nationally listed Mitcham Parish Church and also the old Vicarage. It can also play a part in the wider redevelopment being planned for the Benedict Wharf site when Suez moves out. This should rid us of the oversize Hallowfield Way and provide new homes and community facilities.

We are keen to uphold Merton’s planning policy protecting community uses and so have asked that the La Sporta building isn’t demolished before we know what might follow.

Read our comments here

Read what we said about Benedict Wharf