Controversial Pub Development Scheme Wins Appeal

Developers given go-ahead for two schemes

Controversial plans to demolish an empty Wimbledon Chase pub and develop the site have been approved on appeal.

The developer behind two schemes for the Emma Hamilton site in Kingston Road (left) appealed over Merton council's refusal of both plans.

But in a decision which has surprised campaigners opposing the original scale of the development, the planning inspector has approved both planning applications.

It means developer Stadium Capital Holdings can now build either a five-storey block (below) with 57 flats and commercial/retail on the ground floor, or a four-storey block with no retail space, but 54 flats.

A public inquiry into the schemes took place earlier this month, and now the independent inspector has upheld the appeal for both plans.

The first scheme had been opposed by campaigners from the Wimbledon Chase Residents' Association, which argued that the development was too domineering.

The second scheme was seen as more of a compromise, so it was a surprise to see both schemes given the go-ahead.

One Wimbledon Chase resident contacted us as follows:

"As a Wimbledon Chase resident with a property very close to the proposed new site, I can only echo what has already been voiced by the Wimbledon Chase Residents' Association, but think the prospect of a unsightly and imposing development on the site, is not only against the wishes of the local community but something that will have an unbearable effect on local ameneties and will cause unacceptable pollution of all types from the increase in traffic congestion, rubbish, parking and people.

"I for one will be considering selling up to leave for somewhere more suitable; like the area that I moved into 10 years ago."

Yours, and soon likely to be an ex Wimbledon Chase Resident

Robert Green

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April 23, 2013