New Wimbledon development given the go-ahead

Merton Council has given the go-ahead to a brand new housing development to be built in Merton Road.

The current derelict building will make way for 10 one-bedroom and seven two-bedroom flats. The development will include eight self-contained assisted living units fully accessible for people with learning disabilities. This part of the block will feature a communal lounge and staff accommodation.

Nine of the homes will be available as part of a shared-ownership scheme to allow first-time buyers and people on lower incomes such as nurses, teachers and police officers (key workers) to secure a foot on the property ladder.

The site will include vehicle and cycle parking, refuse storage and landscaped gardens.

The design of the proposed building, including the height and the materials used, has been influenced by the characteristics of the nearby properties. In line with Merton Council’s environmental policy, the flats will include solar panels to power lighting and an environmentally-sound heating system.

Work on the flats is due to start in November this year and they will be ready for occupancy by the end of 2012.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “At long last Merton will be able to replace the derelict eyesore on this site with a building of quality. We have worked closely with the architect to produce an excellent design for both the building and gardens. Great care has been taken to ensure that the building respects those buildings that neighbour it. We have a fundamental obligation to provide good quality life long homes for those with disabilities and this building reflects that. We have also been concerned to provide homes for those who do not find it easy to buy their first home at the moment with the very high level of deposits and income required. The nine shared ownership homes will provide spacious starter homes for those whose starting salary would normally make it impossible to buy a home in Wimbledon.”