Merton Council gives the go-ahead to car park redevelopment

Merton Council has given its approval for the redevelopment of the council’s car park located at the junction of Hartfield Road and Sir Cyril Black Way, Wimbledon. The proposals now have to be referred to the Mayor and Government Office for London for their decision.

The proposed redevelopment includes a mix of retail and residential property with parking on three levels below ground and improvements to the bus stop area on the site. Also proposed is a series of new buildings ranging in height from one to six storeys providing retail floor space at ground level.

Increasing much needed residential property in the area, 26 one-bedroom flats and 84 two-bedroom flats are proposed. Some of the proposed flats would be classified as affordable.

The site would also include 265 car spaces on three levels of car park below ground which would be managed by the council. There would also be spaces for car club use, secure cycle parking for residents of the proposed flats and additional cycle parking for use by the general public. In partnership with London Buses, Transport for London will make improvements to the adjacent bus area.

The development will also incorporate provision for onsite renewable energy generation. The building design will be energy efficient with Combined Heat and Power (CHP) providing heat and electricity and high specification insulation reducing heat loss from the buildings, and therefore minimising CO2 emissions.

Merton Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Traffic Management Councillor William Brierly said: “We have taken a great deal of time to consider any concerns raised by residents and believe that this proposal is an agreeable solution to providing greatly needed housing, including affordable housing, in Wimbledon town centre. I am confident that the redevelopment of the current car park is a great opportunity for us to make huge improvements to this part of the borough.

“Also, the funds the council will receive as a result of selling the site for development will contribute towards financing a new community hall within Wimbledon town centre.”