Final chance for say on major borough planning policies

Merton Council has begun the final phase of its consultation with residents and businesses, asking for their views on its draft Sites and Policies Development Plan.

Anyone wishing to contribute to shaping the final version has until the 27 February 2013 to send their response to the council.

The document consists of a comprehensive list of potential development sites as part of the council’s plans to strengthen the borough’s long-term prosperity and financial resilience. The draft includes proposed areas of land and possible uses from the council, other public sector organisations including the NHS, the London Fire Brigade and Transport for London, as well as private businesses and landlords.

Assessing all the proposed sites and their potential uses across the whole borough, as opposed to looking at sites individually, allows the council to ensure responsible and economically-sound development for at least the next decade. This includes maintaining open green spaces as well as providing sufficient housing and amenities.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “We have made amendments to the document reflecting some of the comments people have made in earlier consultations, and this is the last opportunity people will have to comment on its contents before we finalise the document in readiness for full council and the Secretary of State. We have an exciting long-term vision for regeneration that will make Merton one of the most desirable places to live, to work, to shop, to invest in new business, or just to visit. We are committed to preserving the valued character of current buildings alongside a determination to achieve the very best homes, shops, offices and facilities.”

The list of sites, policies and land designations and the contact details to respond to the consultation are available at