Merton Council has applied for permission to restore the shopfronts on Bramcote Parade and replace the intrusive advertising.
We’ve warmly welcomed the plans which follow our success in having Bramcote Court and Parade added to the Local List in 2017.
The work is being funded by a £90,000 allocation from the money raised by the Community Infrastructure Levy which is paid by new development.
As the images show the work will have a significant and positive impact. It will restore some of the original details of the shopfronts and reinstate the distinctive curved sweep. The shops will be much more sensitively lit at night. One consequence is that the poor design, colour and build quality of the new flats being built on the other side of the road by the formers Queen’s Head will become sadly even more apparent. Merton Council expects the work on the shop fronts to be complete this year.
It is important that the new works stand the test of time and we’ve highlighted problems with similar investment at Morden Court Parade. This has seen good work undone by changes resulting from new businesses moving in only a year or two after the facelift.
Following the rejection of our efforts to have some the oldest shops in Mitcham around Fair Green locally listed last year we’re keen to see Merton Council move on to restore these as the next priority for this welcome shopfront initiative.
You can read our submission here.
Merton Council maintains a “local list” of buildings and structures which are of historic interest and add character to the area.
We have been pleased to help ensure a clear process for making additions based on input from the local community.
This year we proposed five additions to the local list for Mitcham Cricket Green:
- Bramcote Court and Parade – a distinctive 1930s residential development in the “moderne” style
- The Canons walls and well – these impressive structures include examples from both the 18th and 19th century and have been identified as being highly significant in recent investigations of The Canons as part of the successful Lottery bid that we are centrally involved with
- Mitcham running track – the remnants of the cinder track on the former news of the World Sports Ground are the last vestige of a sporting heritage which included the training of Olympic athletes. Restoration of this track is part of the successful Lottery bid
- The Canons Lodge lamp stands – these are a distinctive addition to the Lodge which is already locally listed
- Gas lamp post – this elegant cast iron structure stands opposite The White Hart as a reminder of the days before electric street lamps and dates to the 1850s.
Four of these were accepted as additions to the Local List by a Council Meeting on 12 July. The Canon walls have been confirmed as being nationally listed.
If you have any thoughts on further structures that might be added to the Local List, please let us know.
Meanwhile, view the Local List here.