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Deadline for your Merton Estates Local Plan comments: 3rd Feb 2017

You only have until 3rd February 2017 to respond to the PLANNING INSPECTOR regarding Merton’s Local Plan!

Merton Council rather quietly released the final version of their Merton Estates Plan over Christmas, and haven’t greatly publicised the fact that, from their point of view, you only have until 3rd Feb 2017 to give your comments.

Remember that they have spent a lot of time with the Circle Clarion regen team adjusting their local plan (storey heights, densities, road layouts etc) to suit their combined objectives, possibly rather than those necessarily expressed by the Ravensbury community.

The council and Circle regen appear to have combined objectives and even have private contractual terms in the handover agreement documents, so it was pretty obvious that there would be an effective partnership.

However, residents should be able to expect an independent response, and even possibly a positive bias in favour of residents & their community.

You really should respond if you feel your responses haven’t been heard in this final version of the local plan.

Ravensbury RA will hold a small workshop at tonight’s meeting to consider the report from Merton, and will also canvas residents door to door on their opinions as it can be very difficult for residents to find time to attend in the evenings.

Estates Plan link here

Merton Council’s request for comments:

If you have comments that you would like the inspector to consider at his or her independent examination of the plan, please let us know in writing (post or e-mail) between 8th December 2016 – 3rd  February 2017.

Email: estatesplan@merton.gov.uk

futureMerton
London Borough of Merton
Merton Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837

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Local Plan for Merton regen on agenda at Merton Council’s Cabinet meeting tonight!

At 7pm tonight (Monday, 18th January 2016), the Merton regen plans are on the Cabinet meeting agenda. This is held in rooms C D E in the Civic Centre, Morden.

Item 8 is about the public consultation of the Local Plan Stage 2, and already has these recommendations:

Recommendations:
That Cabinet:
1. Notes the results of Circle Housing Merton Priory (CHMP) Board and the decision of
Circle Housing Board to proceed.
2. Approves six weeks of public consultation on the Draft Estates Local Plan (including
proposals to include opportunities of development around St Marks Academy set
out in Appendix A of this report ) and Sustainability Appraisal and associated
revisions to the Policies Map from February 2016 – March 2016, noting that the
consultation will provide residents input into setting the parameters which the
council would require any submitted regeneration proposals for the three estates to
adhere to.
3. Approve the associated update to the project plan (Merton’s Local Development
Scheme) to reflect preparation of the proposed draft Estates Regeneration Local
Plan and the revised timetable for preparation of this Plan as set out in this report.
4. Delegate approval to Director of Environment and Regeneration [Chris Lee] in consultation with
relevant Cabinet members to approve changes to the consultation documents and
the start of consultation and the timetable option to proceed with following this
current consultation stage.
5. Delegate conclusion of negotiation with CHMP on financial viability matters to the
Director of Corporate Services and Director of Environment and Regeneration [Councillor Andrew Judge] in
consultation with relevant Cabinet members; with any subsequent amendments to
the Stock Transfer Agreement to be brought back to Cabinet & Full Council.
6. Delegate approval to the Director of Community & Housing in consultation with the
relevant Cabinet Member, to finalise a revised delivery timetable for the
implementation of the decent homes programme on the High Path, Eastfields and
Ravensbury Estates.

Here’s the link to tonight’s meeting agenda…

http://democracy.merton.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=146&MId=2280

Here’s the link to the supporting documents:http://democracy.merton.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=4435#mgDocuments

This looks like a very important meeting that has had quite a few man hours spent on its preparation, so it’s a shame our councillors neglected to keep us fully informed of these matters… Very busy people perhaps?

It does appear as if the decision for regen has been made already though, with relegation of existing residents, and their views taken for granted.

Getting resident replies to this consultation is very important for everyone in Merton as a whole.

Ravensbury Residents Association RRA