Certificate of Appreciation Mary Tate Cottages
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When Merton Council announced its plans for emergency measures to support social distancing 'across the borough' we were dismayed to see the skew towards Wimbledon and the West of the borough. Our submission to Merton Council aims to redress the balance.

We have awarded our first Certificate of Appreciation of 2020, to the residents of Mary Tate Cottages. A socially distanced presentation ceremony was well attended by residents of the Cottages, and we enjoyed tea and cakes on the front lawn.

A planning application to add two storeys onto the iconic Fair Green Parade at the heart of Mitcham Village would be extremely damaging to our town centre. This iconic 1950s building is a local favourite, and it plays a crucial role in framing the Village centre. An additional two storeys would destroy the scale of Fair Green Parade in relation to the rest of Mitcham Village centre. 

We have watched proposals for housing at the SUEZ site at Benedict Whart grow from 600 to 850 dwellings, so that now blocks of 10 storeys are proposed. We understand that housing is needed in our area, but plonking a massive, badly designed new estate that looms over open spaces and has no relationship to what is around it is not the way to approach the issue.

Merton Council’s Planning Applications Committee has made a far reaching decision to delegate all planning decisions to Merton Council officers for up to six months.

This responds to pressure from central Government for planning decisions to continue to be made while also avoiding the need for physical meetings in the face of the current pandemic. It is not yet legal for planning decisions to be made by Committee in virtual meetings.

This is a troubling move.