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A busy week in planning

It’s been a busy week for us in terms of planning applications and we have submitted three documents to Merton Council.

Sites and policies plan

The sites and policies plan is an extremely important document. It contains all Merton’s planning policies that will be used in the assessment of planning applications in the borough once it has been adopted. It also identifies sites for redevelopment between 2014 and 2024.

The plan has been available for public comment and a final draft will be produced and submitted to the Secretary of State for scrutiny by the end of September. in December there will be a public hearing by a planning inspector to examine the plans. The inspector will report in early 2014 with the final version being adopted by the council and put into general use some time during next year.

You can see the document for yourself and register to be kept informed of meeting dates at Merton Council’s web site here.

You can read our comments here.

18 Commonside West

You may recall that a plan to demolish a bungalow on Commonside West and replace it with houses was turned down by the Council.

The developers returned with a new proposal and while we did not object in principle we found some aspects, including having balconies on the front of the houses, unacceptable.

Balconies easily and understandably become full of ‘clutter’ which could negatively affect the views of this important strand of homes in the Cricket Green Conservation Area from across Three Kings Piece.

The developers have revised their plans and made adjustments to the balconies. You can read our comments on the revised plans here.

Mcmillan Williams, 8 & 10 Cricket Green

We were shocked and surprised when Mcmillan Williams Solicitors on Cricket Green tore the original (1830s) windows out of their locally listed offices facing onto Cricket Green without having applied for permission to do so. The windows were replaced with modern windows totally out of keeping with the building.

We contacted the Enforcement Officer at Merton Council, and Mcmillan Williams Solicitors has applied for planning permission to replace the windows it recently put in with new ones restoring them to a faithful replication of the original.

You can read our comments on their application here.

Mitcham Cricket Green hits cinema screens nationwide

Earlier this year there were film crews around Mitcham Cricket Green, based at Brook House. The crew was working on a new Alan Partridge movie.

That movie, Alpha Papa, opens in cinemas on August 7th.

The movie features Steve Coogan, of course, but also a host of other big names including Colm Meaney, Sean Pertwee and Anna Maxwell Martin.

For locals, none of the movie names may matter all that much. For us it will be the sight of Cricket Green and its surroundings on the big screen that make the movie worth going to see.

And if the trailer is anything to go by, there will be plenty of Cricket Green on show. Watch it for some glimpses of the very, very familiar.

Cricket Green Charter published

We launched the Cricket Green Charter at the Mitcham Community Forum on 15 April. 

This was developed through the Tune In Cricket Green workshop with local residents, organised in partnership with Merton Council and our local ward councilors.  The full report of the workshop is now available and can be downloaded here

The 21 point Charter sets out our ambitions for the future of Cricket Green for the first time.  We want it to be used to guide all future policies and planning decisions.

The rich story of Cricket Green told through its buildings, open spaces and people should set the standard and makes development in the area a privilege.

The Charter asks that all development is required to show how it matches up to the quality of Cricket Green and contributes positively to its future. We look forward to working with Merton Council and others to bring it to life.

You can read the Cricket Green Charter here.

Fantastic London Open House event at the cricket pavilion

What a fantastic time we had today opening the cricket pavilion for London Open House Weekend.

The pavilion is usually used by members of the Mitcham Cricket Club (the other MCC!) and their guests, but today it was opened to the public free of charge.

We ran a couple of special events at the same time. Local author Keith Booth, a Surrey and England cricket scorer, signed copies of his book “Lives In Cricket: Tom Richardson – A Bowler Pure and Simple” before dashing off to take part in a cricket match.

Meanwhile a specially organised walk around the Cricket Green took in some local historic sights and culminated in a tea in the pavilion.

We also had a display of historic photographs and a rolling slideshow of interesting information about the pavilion and the cricket club.

Not to mention tea and cakes on tap!

We had lots of visitors, both local and from further afield. All in all a very good day.

You can see the photos we took on the day at our Flickr site here.