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Merton’s Design and Conservation team works to maintain a high quality of design in new urban projects. Mitcham Town Centre, following a gradual economic decline over the years, has been pinpointed as an area for regeneration. The plan is to provide better shopping and community facilities. However the new urban layout is aimed at linking the new developments with the routes in surrounding residential areas in a more succinct way. Another aim is also that the site will result in mixed uses, with maisonettes and residential flats above the shops. It is hoped that the presence of people in the area after the shops have closed will ensure that the town centre does not become ominous and threatening area after dark.
Working with Gillespies, one of the UK’s foremost urban design practices, Merton council has launched an initiative to help the borough achieve an environment for the 21st century. Merton’s Public Realm Strategy consists of three phases. Firstly there will be a framework that sets out the vision, policy and procedure of the initiative to ensure a cohesive approach. A revised Street Design Guide will set out standards for the design of all street furniture, materials and other elements. Lastly individual proposals for the development of selected places and areas in the borough will be considered.
The former site of Rowan High School is being redeveloped as part of English Partnership’s Design for Manufacture initiative. Since producing a planning brief for the site Merton Council has worked closely with English Partnerships in developing a masterplan. The development will include a landscaped public park with both new pedestrian and cycle access, a new Scout Hall and Community Facility and a new Medical Centre. The locally listed school building will be restored and converted into 27 flats and an additional 217 residential units will be erected. Of these units there will be 131 family homes with 30% of the housing being affordable. There will be 278 car parking spaces and 171 cycle parking spaces. The whole scheme will focus of sustainable design and will benefit from the site. The park will feature two wind turbines to provide energy for the development.