Merton Welcomes Planning Report

Immediate Release
Item Number 155/02

Merton Council has welcomed the release of the Planning Inspectorate’s report into Merton’s Unitary Development Plan (UDP). The Inspector’s Report supported many of the Council’s planning policies and proposals and identified areas where changes could be made.

The Council is now required to consider the Report and decide what action to take on each of the recommendations. Where recommendations are not accepted, reasons for this decision will be given.

The UDP sets out the Council’s planning policies for the development and use of land in the Borough for the next 15 years, and provides the basis for all the Council’s planning decisions. Planning law states that the Council’s decisions on development proposals must be made in accordance with the UDP unless there are very good planning reasons indicating otherwise.

The current UDP was adopted in 1996, but is currently being reviewed. A public inquiry to hear objections into the replacement plan took place in 2001. The Council has now received the Inspector’s Report which sets out her conclusions and recommendations on the issues raised by objectors.

The Inspector’s Report will be made available for the public to view on the Council website at http://www.merton.gov.uk/udp/ from the 5 August (2002). The Report will also be in all the Borough’s Libraries for reference and loan, and at Merton Link, in the Civic Centre, Morden.

Anyone wanting to purchase a copy of the Report, can buy one from the 5 August at £10 a copy (LBM residents) or £20 (non residents) from the Plans and Projects Team, Environmental Services Department, The Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX, call 020 8545 3041. An order form for Plans and Projects publications can be downloaded from the above website.

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Press contact- Jan Leslie