Merton Council has agreed for a new railway station to be built next to Eastfields Road level crossing in Mitcham.
Merton’s Planning Applications Committee, who agreed the application on 22 August, recognised a new station would be significant in helping to regenerate Mitcham. It will provide a direct rail link to London Victoria with at least two trains per hour stopping in each direction, and is only a 10 minutes walk from Mitcham town centre.
The new station, with its modular and contemporary design making use of renewable energy sources, will be the first of its kind in the country. This modular ‘prefab’ design means that the station could be built and operational by the end of the year, as new components can be delivered from a depot and slotted into place on site.
The Planning Applications Committee acknowledged the advice of officers about concerns over parking, lighting, noise and construction activity, which were also issues raised by a small number of residents within the local community. The committee therefore took the decision to impose a number of conditions to address this.
Speaking after the committee meeting, Deputy Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Samantha George, said:
“This is fantastic news. Plans for this station have been under consideration since the 1930s and it looks as though they will soon actually come to fruition.
‘This is an important part of the council’s plans for the regeneration of Mitcham town centre. I am delighted with the progress that has been achieved over the past year and am grateful to both council officers and Network Rail for all their work on the project. I would also like to thank local residents for their valuable contribution at the public meetings which have been held over the last year”
The planning application has now been referred to the Mayor of London for a period of 14 days for further scrutiny. A decision is expected in the next few weeks.
Notes to Editor
1). Merton Council sent out 1045 letters of consultation to local residents of which 6 were returned objecting to the proposed site.