Ravensbury Garages Planning application now on website

Circle Housing’s planning application is now on the Merton Council website: Planning Application number is 16/P1968 

Unfortunately CHMP are applying to destroy the green space between Ravensbury Park and “Ravensbury village”, thereby destroying an public amenity area that is also key to our area’s character. Placing flats on this space will block out the view of the park, remove a key green space for Ravensbury and jeopardise the very essence of our home area.

area for ravensbury garages planning application
area for ravensbury garages planning application

More info:

Link to Merton’s planning explorer (type 16/P1968 into the top box): http://planning.merton.gov.uk/Northgate/PlanningExplorerAA/GeneralSearch.aspx

Planning Application documents link is 16/P1968 

This planning application for Ravensbury will be decided against the policies in Merton’s current Development Plan, unless other relevant information, know as “material considerations”, indicate otherwise.

Merton’s Development Plan currently is:
       Merton’s Core Planning Strategy 2011
       Merton’s Sites and Policies Plan 2014

www.merton.gov.uk/localplan
–       The Mayor’s London Plan 2015

www.london.gov.uk/london-plan

“Material considerations” can be anything planning-related, ranging from finding a protected species on the site to a Ministerial statement which changes the direction of one of the council’s policies.

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Circle have submitted planning permission for Ravensbury Grove

Despite an incredibly high percentage of Ravensbury Residents being against building on the local green space at the southern end of Ravensbury Grove, Circle’s regen team have applied for planning permission on both the green space and the derelict garages site.

This is termed as regen phase 1 according to Circle’s regen team:
http://mertonregen.org.uk/Ravensbury/First_new_homes_on_Ravensbury

letter from Circle's regen team about planning permission and parking

letter from Circle’s regen team about planning permission and parking

Circle intend to build blocks of flats in front of Ravensbury Park on the green space in addition to homes on the derelict garages site.

Essentially, this application does appear to be subverting the proper process of the Regen Consultation and the development of the Ravensbury Local Plan that Merton Council have attempted to bring to fruition this year. More on that in the coming months possibly?

Be sure to present your thoughts and opinions to Merton Council as you will have a limited time to respond.

Ravensbury proposals by Circle: Regen phase 1
Ravensbury proposals by Circle: Regen phase 1

Freedom of Information request to Merton Council

We sent a FOI request to Merton Council about empty housing association homes.

Here is the response received today:

We have now considered your information request as set out below. 

You asked:
We understand that there is currently a number of empty homes on Ravensbury that have remained empty due to inconclusive discussions between Circle Merton Priory Homes and Merton Council’s allocation team.

Therefore would it be possible to know how many homes currently remain empty (ie uninhabited) on Merton Council’s allocation team records for over one month, over two months and in excess of three months?

Would it also be possible to attribute the reason why they have remained empty? Statistical results would be sufficient. For example: 10% due to remedial works.

Our response:
Information not held.  Merton Council does not own any housing stock.  All council housing was transferred to Circle Housing Merton

Priory, a Housing Association, in 2010.  Housing Associations are not subject to the FOI Act, so they do not have to respond to information requests.  However,

Circle Housing Merton Priory may choose to answer your request if you submit it to them.  Their contact details are on their website, which is:

http://www.circle.org.uk/merton-priory

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We sent an FOI request to Merton Council regarding Ravensbury's empty homes

Ravensbury Residents Association RRA