A developer has published plans to refurbish and extend a stretch of Wimbledon Hill Road in the town centre with new shops and a 94-bedroom hotel.
The proposals relate to the ‘Bank Buildings’ (All Bar One) site at 41-47 Wimbledon Hill Road.
This is a listed building, completed in 1887. It is one of Wimbledon’s most characterful and popular buildings, ‘architecturally one of the most magnificent buildings in the town centre’ according to Merton Council.
The development proposed for the site would fatally compromise the existing building’s character. While the exterior is preserved, the overall plan, which includes two basement levels and a new extension, represents over-development of the site.
In addition, the roof of the proposed development will spoil the existing gabled roofline and frontage, making them appear not to fit the now-larger building behind.
A planning application has not yet been submitted, but representations can be made to the developers QUATRO (20-24 Old Street London, EC1V 9AB) by writing to: email@example.com
The owner of 11 Kings Road (a 3 storey block of flats at the corner of Kings Road and South Park Road) has recently submitted a planning application to add a storey to the building. The proposal is very similar to the ones made previously for 4-10 South Park Road, which the community was able to defeat through united opposition.
The proposals run contrary to the planning guidance and development plan policies contained in the NPPF, The London Plan and the Merton Core Strategy & and the Merton Sites & Policies Plan (particularly Policies DMD2, DMD3 and DMD4.)
Please could you lend your support to block this new attempt to increase the height of this property? The development is not appropriate for the the South Park Gardens conservation area. The existing building is already incompatible with the style of the Conservation Area, and the proposed development of the building will exacerbate this problem of visual intrusion. Although this new application relates to one building, there are many similar buildings in the area and we can be sure that the granting of planning permission in this case will encourage developers to try to do the same with other buildings.
The planning application is 17/P4204 and it can be found on the Council’s website at http://planning.merton.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorerAA/GeneralSearch.aspx. The deadline for representations is 4 February 2018. You can send your representation to: firstname.lastname@example.org and the representation should include the following details: