Merton leads the way in London

Merton Council are planning the future by producing a public consultation draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) document on Mitcham Urban Village. It is the first SPG produced for an urban village or area of London.

The SPG puts forward guidance on the appropriate development of the identified area according to the principles of sustainable development. It is intended that regeneration of the area will take place over the next ten years, orchestrated by the Mitcham Urban Village Partnership Board through an Implementation Plan.

The Implementation Plan will include proposals for a new transport infrastructure, an enhanced pedestrian/cyclist environment and the redevelopment of key sites in the village centre and the Lattice (British Gas) site at the western edge of the centre.

Once approved the SPG will form part of the Council’s Unitary Development Plan (2000), which is currently under review. Copies of the draft SPG document can be viewed at all Council libraries, Merton Link and on the Council’s website.

Steve Clark, Merton Council’s Head of Planning and Public Protection, said: “I encourage all residents to look at the proposals for Mitcham Urban Village and to feedback any comments to us. We want to know what the community think of the scheme and any improvements or changes they think should be made. All views will be listened to.”

Comments should posted to, Environmental Services Department, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, SM4 5DX. Comments should be received by 3 January 2003.