Despite Merton Council saying that they will not consider giving the Ravensbury Garages site away till 2017, Circle Housing seem to be intent on gaining planning permission this year. With the Ravensbury draft local plan (January 2016) not even describing this area, it looks like Merton Council and Circle Housing regen team have been looking for a way to begin development literally by the back door of Ravensbury.
It is important for local residents to be very aware of this pursuit of planning: the site itself is actually higher than the surrounding houses and the development includes 4 storey flats, with houses that are of a very similar height according to the images supplied. This will not only cause a great deal of intrusion for those living around the site, but will also severely impact views to and from Ravensbury Park itself.
Much of Ravensbury is in Flood Zone 3a, the highest possible for housing, so this very much needs to be taken into account.
Merton Council have described how the character of Ravensbury depends on the visual scenery of trees being visible from all corners of Ravensbury. This development has a height that is intrusive in this regard:
Circle are holding a consultation event today (Saturday 23rd January 2016) at the Ravensbury Meeting Hall between 11am and 3pm. They intend to demonstrate where they intend to build new homes and the designs for those homes.
Let’s hope that the intimidatory behaviour seen up until now is less evident.