Cricket Green was briefly the commercial hub of Mitcham and the Old Bank House on Lower Green West stems from this history.
This prominent building has been underused for many years and is now the focus of a planning application to convert it into flats.
This will include extension on the sides facing both the cricket ground and Lower Green.
Done well the two extension could “complete” the building and enhance the area while doubling the floorspace. A line of coloured brick would separate the old and the new and tell the story of how it has been built.
We’ve supported the changes providing the extensions can truly match to quality of brick and stonework on the existing building. It’s a major challenge similar to that recently faced by the adjacent Cricketers flats that were required to colour match the Vestry Hall bricks.
It’s also important that the change of use doesn’t set any precedent for losing the neighbouring workshops recently vacated by London Box Sash Windows to residential. Cricket Green needs to retain business and employment at its heart and Merton’s new Local Plan should ensure this.
Any development will need to be mindful of construction impacts on the Grade II listed cottages between the Old Bank House and the Grade II listed White Hart. The historic bench mark on the Old Bank House should also be protected during construction work and into the future.
You can read our full response – Old Bank House – Feb 21.
We’ve submitted our comments to Merton on plans to redevelop the Old Bank House (342 – 344 London Road, opposite the Fire Station on Cricket Green).
You can read our comments here. In them we expain why we object to the plans, incuding our concerns about how additional building work will have a very harmful effect on the appearance of the building.
We urge anyone who shares our concerns to put in their own comments.
The easiest way for many people will be to send their comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org though you can write to Development Control, London Borough of Merton, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX.
Remember to include the application reference number and a description – in this case that is “11/P1991 Development of the Old Bank House”. If you are objecting by email put this in the subject line.
The detail of the planning application is at Merton’s web site here.
Remember – it is really important to make your views known. This planning application will be decided by councillors at a public meeting and the councillors will be made aware of all the comments made. The more people voice their views, the more the councillors will be aware of the strength of local feeling.
At our meeting on 31 July we discussed a number of upcoming planning applications.
18 Commonside West. Currently a bunglaow, an application has been made to demolish this and replace it with three, three story town houses.
The Cricketers Pub. As we had anticipated, a third application for housing on this site is has been made, the previous two having been refused.
The Bank Building London Road. A planning application from last year to increase the size of this building and turn it into flats, which never went to the planning committee, has been revised and the deadline for comments is imminent.
We are working on our represenations to the London Borough of Merton on all three applications.
Members are welcome to submit their views to us at email@example.com. If you would like to become a member, our joining form is here.