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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

Car sales in the Burn Bullock car park – why we are objecting

The owner of the Burn Bullock pub at Cricket Green has put in a planning application for car sales in the car park. Car sales have in fact been going on there for some time, without planning permission. In fact, we wonder whether the threat of enforcement action is all that lies behind the application for planning permission.

We are objecting to this planning application because we feel car sales are entirely inappropriate to the location, in the Cricket Green Conservation Area and adjacent to a Grade II listed building. We believe it goes against the council’s own policies and the Cricket Green Charter.

Read our objection to planning application for Burn Bullock car sales.