Merton Council is consulting on a Borough Character Study. This will become a Supplementary Planning Document, to be used to inform decisions on planning applications. We have submitted comments including expressing our concerns on the emphasis on 'intensification' and building, and restating our desire for the designation of Mitcham Village.

Merton Council is currently consulting on its new Local Plan and we have submitted our comments. The Local Plan is wide ranging and sets out how the Council will manage the borough in the coming years. Our comments present our thoughts on the Plan from Mitcham's perspective, and we describe what Mitcham Village needs to ensure its unique character is celebrated and enhanced - including its diverse culture, great green spaces and wide ranging local shops. 

Following our submission of an official objection to Merton Council's proposals for the new Mitcham Bridge we became increasingly aware of the strength of local feeling about the proposals. We joined with seven other groups in signing an open letter to Cabinet Member Martin Whelton asking Merton Council to withdraw its planning application and think again. 

A planning application has been submitted for the new Mitcham Bridge over the Wandle. We have joined with Mtcham Society and Wandle Valley Forum to put in a joint objection.

Plans have been submitted to Merton Council to develop the Locally Listed Kings Arms pub. The pub would remain, with a reduced internal area, an external enclosed cafe would be added, and a new building put to one side of the pub. On paper it sounds appealing. Sadly the proposals are poor. 

Merton Council held a consultation on two designs for a new bridge at Bishopsford Bridge - which is historically known as Mitcham Bridge. We submitted a response to this consultation.  

Merton Council's development company Merantun has submitted a revised planning application for Raleigh Gardens Car Park. We thought the original proposal needed a 'radical rethink'. But rather than being radical, the new proposal adds insult to injury. 

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.