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


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.




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


Ravensbury Garages waved through planning tonight despite massive opposition

At tonight’s planning committee, our local councillors chose to wave through the Ravensbury Garages scheme in its entirety despite huge opposition against it.

Over 50 responses were against the plans versus around 3 in favour, but councillors still chose to give it the green light.

Ravensbury Garages scheme given go-ahead by Merton councillors tonight

This scheme will adversely impact both Ravensbury Park and the established Ravensbury community, separating them from each other to the detriment of both.

To see the planning officers give this the green light was beyond a joke.

Watching our elected representatives wave the scheme through was even worse. They seemed totally taken in by the applicants 3d representations despite these images being designed to minimise the excessive heights proposed. Even the planning officers seemed unable to see through it.

We suggest our community vote with their feet in the next election.

There are times when Merton Council and Circle Housing seem to be so closely aligned that it’s easy to think that the specifics of a contract or agreement that remain commercially confidential could well be in existence.

Tonight, the planning officers looked over to Circle Housing regen team in united angst whenever the planning conversation went slightly against the scheme. There definitely appears to be some things in their relationship that seem they could benefit from more scrutiny and transparency.

We also offer our sympathies to the residents abutting the Haig Estate as councillors waved this through too tonight.


Merton Council waves through planning for Ravensbury Garages

Ravensbury Garages: @Mertoncouncil Planning officers recommendations:

Here’s the planning officer’s conclusions for the Ravensbury Garages site under consideration by Merton’s planning committee councillors tonight at 7pm in the main chamber:



Councillors on the planning committee will make their decision tonight.

Ravensbury Garages scheme goes for planning this Thursday at Merton Council

We received a letter stating that the planning officers at Merton Council have recommended that the Ravensbury Garages scheme be granted permission, so on Thursday, 15th September 2016, it will be down to Merton’s councillors to make their decision at the planning committee.
We hope that councillors will refuse the current scheme because of the impact it will have on Ravensbury and on the Wandle Valley Conservation Area.


Ravensbury Garages Sections showing new development proposals & current context

Here’s some drawings from the proposed Ravensbury Garages redevelopment plan that is currently awaiting review by Merton Council’s planning team – application 16/P1968.
You have until 21st June 2016 to get your responses into Merton Council. This is considered to be Phase 1 of the regeneration strategy put forward by Circle Housing.

Here’s the elevations of Ravensbury Garages etc:

Ravensbury Garages - proposed sections B
Ravensbury Garages – proposed sections ACROSS GARAGES SITE
Ravensbury Garages - proposed sections A
Ravensbury Garages – proposed sections ACROSS GARAGES SITE
Ravensbury Garages - block B sections
Ravensbury Garages – block B sections ON RAVENSBURY GROVE
Ravensbury Garages - block A sections
Ravensbury Garages – block A sections ON RAVENSBURY GROVE
Ravensbury Garages - existing sections 2
Ravensbury Garages – EXISTING sections ACROSS GARAGES
Ravensbury Garages - existing sections 1
Ravensbury Garages – EXISTING sections ON RAVENSBURY GROVE

Here’s a gallery of some the drawings that they have used to support their planning application: