Merton Council is a step closer to realising its vision to transform Morden into a vibrant town centre following Transport for London’s (TfL) commitment to be a key partner.
A partnership between Merton and TfL, a major landowner in the town centre, will deliver a shared vision for the town centre to improve and expand the retail offer, increase business space to support more jobs as well as create a new and improved bus infrastructure, more homes – including affordable homes and improved public space. The new draft London Plan also highlights the role that suburban town centres like Morden will have in accommodating future growth plans for the city.
Merton Council Leader, Councillor Stephen Alambritis said: “Morden is changing. There are more young people, the population is becoming more diverse and the number of people working in Morden has increased. Morden already has so much to offer and is a great place for families. It benefits from great parks and open spaces, schools and a new leisure centre is due to open this year. It’s at the beginning of the Northern Line and ideally placed to access the capital. However a recent consultation revealed that residents and visitors feel that the town centre has the potential to be better. Our vision is very simple. We want to make more of Morden by regenerating the town centre to offer new retail, new jobs and create a vibrant economy where people want to spend their time and money.”
London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross said: “It’s great news that these bold plans to transform Morden town centre are moving another step forward. By working together, TfL and Merton Council can make a real difference to the town centre with a reduction in traffic dominance helping to improve the health of local people, support economic growth, and deliver homes and jobs.”
Graeme Craig, TfL’s Director of Commercial Development, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Merton Council on this fantastic project. This partnership demonstrates how public bodies working together can deliver attractive, well-designed and sustainable town centres, supporting London’s future growth.”
Notes to Editor:
Merton’s Cabinet will meet on Monday 15 January to agree the terms by which the council and TFL will work together including the procurement of a development partner to deliver the regeneration of the Morden project.