Merton Council is asking for views on the updated version of its planning and development strategy (Unitary Development Plan or UDP) that is being published for further public consultation during October and November.

In September 1999, the Council consulted the public on proposed changes to the 1996 Adopted Plan (UDP). The Plan sets out all the Council’s planning policies for the future development and use of land within Merton.

The Council received more than 4,500 comments on the September 1999 Plan and considered all of the suggested changes. The updated Plan now includes many of the views expressed and these are indicated.

Key changes include new guidance to make the Plan more sustainable or environmentally friendly, by minimising the impact of new development through the use of renewable energy or by reusing materials for example.

Other major changes include the regeneration of Colliers Wood and the enhancement of Wimbledon, Morden and Mitcham town centres and the reduction of traffic. The alignment for the extension of Tramlink into Mitcham and Colliers Wood (Merton Tramlink) is safeguarded.

People who took part and commented on the 1999 Plan have been informed of the Council’s response to their ideas. People who are not satisfied with this response, can have their comments carried forward to a Public Inquiry.

Merton would like to hear from people again to find out what they think about the updated Plan. This will be the last public consultation before the Plan is examined at the Public Inquiry starting in April 2001. The deadline to contact the Council is 27 November.

Copies of the revised Plan are available for inspection at all Borough Libraries, as well as at the Civic Centre in Environmental Services Department’s reception on the twelfth floor. A leaflet and objection form with an explanation of the Consultation process is also available.

Copies of the Plan are available to purchase by calling (020) 8545 3041. Fax (020) 8545 3326.