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In case you missed it: Merton Council have finally stamped Ravensbury planning application in mid May

We checked the Merton Council planning explorer recently and have found that they have finally rubber stamped both of the Circle Housing planning applications for Ravensbury in mid May 2017.

Therefore the only thing that remains is for Merton Council to sell the land to Circle Housing. Ie, sell off priceless open space that forms part & parcel of Ravensbury Park and its immediate surroundings.

Redeveloping the derelict garages has sadly enabled Circle to persuade Merton Council to also redevelop our open space which, as we have said continuously, will ruin the character of our area, compromise the beauty of Ravensbury Park and enable redevelopment to ruin our unique village like environment that currently supports the Wandle Valley.

The developer proposes 2 sets of 4 storey blocks of flats and extensive paving in place of the grassed areas which is against the true environmental spirit that is Ravensbury. Seven houses are proposed on the derelict garages site.

Merton Council and our councillors have truly let Ravensbury and its neighbourhood down. And for what? Redevelopment by a company seemingly intent on changing Merton forever in the name of revenue; money in the bank.

They should all hang their heads in shame, or maybe just resign en masse and leave Merton to be run by its true guardians: its residents!

RRA

Here’s some images of outstanding repairs in Ravensbury – May 2017

One of the ways that we try to get Circle Housing to listen to, and we hope to act on, repairs issues is to photograph and email the housing officers.

Once you take a photo, you can add text using a variety of available apps on your phone. At a later date, this allows you to check when you contacted them, and serves as an easy reminder of the exact issue.

It’s not been easy to get a good level of service from our housing association so hopefully this kind of evidence is useful if we need to speak to a housing tribunal.

It’s a real shame that Merton Council seem to be more interested in redeveloping our area instead of supporting the residents and the entire neighbourhood.

If they do sell off our open space next to Ravensbury Park, it will truly damage the entire area forever.

Here’s a few repairs examples from May 2017:

Repairs May 2017
Repairs May 2017
Ravensbury Repairs May 2017
Repairs May 2017

Today: Circle Clarion’s Outline Planning Letter for Ravensbury received

A letter (dated 21/04/2017 & stamped with a Savills return address) from Circle Clarion has been sent to residents stating that Clarion are about to submit their Outline Planning Application to Merton Council. Continue reading Today: Circle Clarion’s Outline Planning Letter for Ravensbury received

Merton Labour cabinet discuss Merton regen local plan #merton #regen #2016

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Last night, Merton’s Labour cabinet met as per normal, however the timeline for submitting the draft estates local plan to the Secretary of State was on the agenda. This is the document that residents responded to previously.

We noted that there’s a few choice words involved in the recommendations, such as decisions to delegate authority to the cabinet member for regen. This effectively avoids them needing to convene another cabinet meeting and openly discuss the agenda. More opaque behaviour from Merton Council headed by our ward councillor Stephen Alambritis.

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The Draft Estates Plan is now at version 3 or stage 3, just prior to the submission to the Secretary of State. The reference to actual building heights has been removed. This might be because the council could be seen as promoting heights when there wasn’t support for it, or because it was too much trouble actually stating heights relative to the negative reaction from the general public. In addition, Circle obviously wants to maximise the total floor space in the new development and will follow the planning guidelines to maximise their position when designing the new development. Those running the council might also be oblivious to the need to restrain building heights and density in Ravensbury: the recent planning permission granted for Ravensbury Garages seems to fit that assumption. Possibly they just don’t care that much because it’s not their home, community or environment. Who knows.

The council made no mention of the poor method of consultation by CHMP or the stress created by this for the existing residents.

Despite his promises, our Ravensbury ward councillor Stephen Alambritis hasn’t really held much of a candle to this regen process, and it still appears to be going ahead in its initial form despite Ravensbury residents being against it.

This is all despite him saying it wouldn’t go ahead if residents opposed it. Go figure. In fact Stephen has come across as being firmly in the CHMP camp, pictured shaking hands with their CEO, always avoiding criticising the company and seemingly anti resident when it comes to listening and working on our behalf. Guess that’s what happens when someone thinks they are Lord over all that they survey.

What you might find interesting is the money involved:

The value of property in Merton is around the £800 per square foot, or more.
The build cost these days is around £100 per square foot.
So that leaves: £800-£100 = £700 per square foot to cover profit, contingency, demolition and professional fees.

On the average new build house, of 93m2, that’s roughly £650k in their pocket in the broadest terms, back of a fag packet type calculations.

There’s no VAT to be paid due to the new build versus refurb.

Not a bad earner if you’ve been practically given the housing stock in the first place?

Ravensbury Residents Association

Interesting link to resident regen consultation article…

This article describes a similar consultation to that experienced in Circle’s & Merton’s quest for regen. Definitely worth a read:

https://architectsforsocialhousing.wordpress.com/2016/09/23/the-guinness-partnership-letter-from-a-resident-of-northwold-estate/

Take a look at @ASH_housing’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ASH_housing/status/779359425547108353?s=09