The Grade II listed White Hart is one of the most important buildings in Cricket Green.
Prominently located by the historic cricket ground it was originally a coaching inn on the main route from London to Brighton.
The pub has been closed for some time and we have been supportive of some sensitive development to allow for its restoration.
It is all the more disappointing that the plans that have come forward do not do justice to the site and would damage the key views from Cricket Green.
We objected to the large block of flats put forward for the White Hart’s car park last year and they have returned in an amended form with all of the same problems and fewer benefits.
The sensitive demolition of a new extension to the back of the White Hart has been dropped but the flats will still loom over the historic building and may also be visible from Lower Green West.
We have invited the developers to meet and talk about an alternative approach which will provide homes and restore the White Hart so it can rediscover its role as an important asset for the local community.
You can see our latest representations here.
The Grade II listed White Hart is one of the most important buildings in Merton and stands prominently at the heart of Cricket Green Conservation Area.
It includes a large area of land to the rear which is the focus of plans for a new block of flats.
We have welcome the proposals to restore and re-open the White Hart and demolish the modern extension to its rear.
Unfortunately the new building proposed as part of the development is less sympathetic.
The architects drawing clearly show it will be visible above the roofline of the White Hart in the key approach along Cricket Green to the south.
Worryingly, there is no information provided on the impact on Lower Green West.
The design of the new flats also doesn’t do justice the the location and the proposed beer garden will spend most of its time in shade. An opportunity has been missed to service the White Hart from the rear and avoid delivery lorries adding to the congestion and road safety problems at Jubilee Corner.
As a consequence we have objected to the plans (see here) and invited the developers to collaborate on an alternative. We would welcome well designed residential development which funds restoration of the White Hart and avoids damage to the Conservation Area.
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