A large number of changes to Merton’s Local Plan have been put forward by the Planning Inspector following consultation rounds and public hearings.

We have submitted comments on key proposed changes that relate to the Mitcham Gasworks site.

We believe that proposed changes from a site capacity of 200 – 400 homes to a capacity of 500 – 650 homes, and a building height of up to 10 storeys are entirely inappropriate.

An existing planning application (22/P3620) for 595 flats in blocks rising to 9 storeys has received hundreds of objections from local people including a 660 person petition. A door-to-door survey of almost 300 people living within 100m of the site unanimously rejected a 10 storey development. Councillors in the three wards of Mitcham Village have expressed significant reservations.

Importantly, the modifications are proposed by the Planning Inspector – they are not requirements, and can be rejected by Merton Council.

Mitcham Society response to Local Plan consultation March 2024