RA meeting tonight

We’ll have the first RA meeting of 2018 tonight at 7pm in the meeting hall on Ravensbury Grove.

See you there if you can make it!

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Last day to respond to Ravensbury Regen plans! See our newsletter attached.

Don’t forget that today is your last day to respond to the Merton regen proposals. No matter what your opinion might be, we would encourage you to respond to the overall design as it will change Ravensbury forever if it goes through unchallenged.

The scale of the development is immense for the area and it appears that there will not be any more social housing provision than there currently is. Ravensbury Estate is next to the River Wandle so all these extra buildings and paving areas will serve to further compromise our area in the middle of a flood zone. Plenty of trees also will be removed both inside the regen area and outside.

Hengelo Gardens and Ravensbury Grove will significantly change if these proposals go unchallenged.

The 4 storey blocks of flats proposed along Ravensbury Grove will significantly change the character of Ravensbury so please write into: planning.representations@merton.gov.ukĀ  – Quote Ref 17/P1718

Good luck!

Ravensbury Residents Association

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Ravensbury RA meeting @ 7pm tonight about outline planning application submitted recently

As you probably are aware, Clarion Circle Housing have just submitted an outline planning application. This will demolish all the Orlit homes and greatly affect anyone living in Ravensbury Court, Hengelo Gardens and Ravensbury Grove.

You have until mid December to respond to this application.

Many of you probably feel a great deal of anger about the way that you & the wider Ravensbury community have been treated by Merton Council, councillors, and of course the developer Clarion Circle Housing. So we hope that you do respond to what is gong to be an absolute travesty for Ravensbury.

We will hold an RA meeting tonight, and every two weeks until then, so as to provide any assistance that we can.

Meetings are held in the residents hall on Ravensbury Grove.

Ravensbury RA.

Ravensbury Lane proposed flats with pictures:

Here’s the pictures from the Ravensbury Lane exhibition this afternoon. HTA architects have come up with this design. The client instructed them because they have experience with the Ravensbury proposals as part of Merton regen.

Our comments are that the building will impact on the park extensively due to its height and length. It would be better if the facade was broken up vertically and horizontally. Right now it’s just one big box with little to endear itself to the very sensitive surroundings of the park and Wandle Valley. The architect described one of its positives as blocking the view of the building beyond.

It’s a shame that HTA haven’t employed the design principles that have already been asked for in the Ravensbury regen phase 1. This shows a lack of appetite for including residents comments. It’s a pity they’ve been instructed at all perhaps.

The client seemed open to addressing the loss of the historic Ravensbury Lane wall, stolen during the initial build of the surgery. You can search on the Merton Council website for details of this.

Ideally this land would be utilised for its originally intended use: a nursery for young children. GPL developers have said that they haven’t been able to find anyone to run one though, so are unable to pursue this line of redevelopment. 

The land was all public land originally, owned by the council because it was part and parcel of Ravensbury Park. It was sold to a private company in order to build the surgery and the nursery. Releasing public land in this way surely needs more control if the eventual result is a block of flats instead of the nursery?!

RRA.

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